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Gonio Fortress, Gonio

The Gonio-Apsarus fort (length: 222m, width: 195m, total area: 4.75ha) is situated on the left bank of the mouth of the river of Chorokhi (ancient Harpasus®Apsarus®Acampsis), within 12km of Batumi. The height of the walls 5m, while at the corners, where the towers are erected 7m. At present the fort has 18 towers, but originally it had 22.

This is region where the magnificent Colchian culture and first Georgian state entities: Dayaeni and Qulha (13th-8th centuries BC) came into being. Some Roman and Byzantine sources said that, the rise of Apsarus as a settled point belongs to precisely this period. According to the evidence of Stephanus of Byzantine, Artemidorus of Ephesus, Arrian, Procopius, etc. the origin of Apsarus is linked to the expedition of the Argonauts to Aeaea-Colchis, killing of son of King Aeetes, Apsyrtus and burring him here.

The latest data point to the rise of the first settlements here in the 8th-7th centuries BC. Apsarus played an important role in the Classical (5th-4th centuries BC) and Hellenistic (4th-1st centuries BC) periods as well. Namely, built of fortification is linked to Romans. For the first time this castellum was mentioned by Pliny the Elder in his work of AD 77. Apsarus was one of the military, political, economical and cultural centres of Roman world in the Eastern frontier in the 1st-3rd centuries AD. Five auxiliary cohorts (ca. 1200-1500 soldiers) were served and the theatre and hippodrome were functioned here. According some sources (Epiphanius of Cyprus, Dorotheos of Tyre, Sophron, etc.) apostle Matthias is buried in Apsarus. The Byzantines were fortified here from the 40s of the 6th century. This fort is known as Acampsis in the 10th century and as Gonio in the 14th century. Serious Ottoman garrison was stationed here in 1547-1878. Heinrich Schliemann, Niko Marr and Theodor Uspenskiy became interested by the history of Apsarus. Small-scale field-exploratory work became possible by the 1960s on this site. A particularly rich gold hoard dated by the 1st-2nd centuries AD was discovered in 1974 during road construction on a slope near the fort. Since 1994, the Gonio-Apsarus Museum and Preservation standing archaeological expedition has carried on large-scale systematic studies.
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  • Customers Gonio fortress with children during the winter holidays. Great place, very much, especially the younger daughter (7 years). Very impressed by the various models and siege remains of Roman Thermae. Necessarily in the summer will come again.
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  • To say that I am delighted to say nothing, the fortress is very beautiful and authentic. Opportunity to touch history. Understand that where you walk, walked the ancient Argonauts. This is not what is not comparable. We came here on a minibus from Batumi, she rides the bus and costs just 1 gel, entrance for 1 person 3 lari, but if you gather a group of 10 people, the cost will be just 1 gel. We went over the wall around the perimeter. Felt like in the game pristolov. And yet, all the way to the wall we were accompanied by a dog. We decided that it was the Guide, since it always showed us where to go and what to see. Here is such a case.
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  • Gonio Fortress - is a historic fortress located in the northern part of historical Chaneti, which is currently in the Autonomous Republic of Adjara. The fort is built on the left side of the Chorokhi ...  more »
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  • Impressive old "Roman" fort. It is very well preserved and well worth a stop of you are in the area. It is believed that one of the apostles is buried here. It is considered a holy site. This fortification is located not too far from the Turkish border. It is remarkable that the potable water pipes have survived. If you are in the area stop by for a visit. This is a place for a relatively short visit. This is not a place you are going to spend an entire afternoon.
  • Very nice sightseeing bear Batumi, ancient fortress with archaeological museum.
  • Gonio,one of the amazing ruins of Roman empire still standing from 1st century. Easily accessible by public transport. Entrance 3 lari. Including museum
  • It's quite small, but very old, built in the 1st c AD. Well preserved and maintained. Nice views. Definitely worth an hour's visit when you're staying in the area.
  • A historic castle between Batumi city and Sarpy border
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