Akhaltsikhe, Georgia

Country Georgia
Town/City Akhaltsikhe
Location Located on both banks of a small river Potskhovi in the south western region of Samtskhe-Javakhetiand bordering Armenia and Turkey.
Population 18,383 (2002) – district 40,000
Brief Description The river separates the city into the old city to the north and the new city to the south.  The name of the city translates from Georgian as “new fortress” and the town was founded in the 12thcentury. It is the headquarters of the Samtskhe-Javakheti region.
Industry Lignite Mining; Electric Motor Plant; Starch Factory; Wine Bottling Plant; Cannery; Cheese and Butter Factory;
Culture/Sport Meskheti State Theatre and Puppet Theatre; Museum of Ethnography; 2 libraries, several parks; city stadiumFC Meskheti Akhaltsikhe
Tourism The old part of the city “Rabati” with its fortress and the museum; “Safara” and “Bieti” Monasteries; Atskuri fortress and ruins of the Church, which are located within 20 Km from the city, in Atskuri village; a summer ecological camp and the beginning of the road to Borjomi Kharagauli National park.
Education The Akhaltsikhe State Institute University
Newspaper http://www.georgiatimes.info/en/www.samkhretis-karibche.ge
Mayor / Contact Details Giorgi Kopadze  akhaltsikhecityhall@gmail.com;

Contact (english-speaking) Levan Mikaberidze  Head of Tourism  levani@hotmail.co.uk

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