Gonio-Apsaros Fortress-Museum

Gonio-Apsaros Fortress-Museum

Working hours: 10:00-17:00


 

Services: Free Wi-Fi, Exhibitions, Souvenirs, Guide service, Workshop, Information board, Parking, Toilet


 

The staff speaks: Georgian, Russian, English


 

Prices

Ticket: 3 Gel

Guide service: 10 Gel

Discounts are available


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Contact

  • Mob.: (+995): 599 57 96 23
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Address

Apsarosi highway 55                        
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Information

Gonio-Apsaros Fortress (I century) is located 12 km south to Batumi, on the left bank of the River Chorokhi. One of Georgia's most ancient settlements was located around this fortress. Due to its strategic location, Gonio Fortress became a supporting citadel first for the Romans and later to the Byzantians and Ottomans along the eastern Black Sea coastline. Respectively, the fortress has several layers: the Roman layer (3rd-4th centuries BCE), the Byzantine layer (6th-7th centuries CE) and the Ottoman layer (16th century CE). The history of Gonio-Apsaros fortress has ties to the myth of Jason and the Argonauts. According to the legend, King Aeetes buried his son Apsaros, who was killed by Jason as he fled, in the territory of Gonio. In addition, according to some sources, Mathias, 1 of 12 disciples of Jesus Christ, is believed to be buried there. There is also a museum inside the fortress.

The museum reserve was founded in 1994. The area comprises the Gonio-Apsaros fortress and its surrounding vicinities. Archaeological excavations conducted in this territory have led to the discovery of materials from the Hellenistic period. Public buildings have been found, inside of which various items have been discovered (pottery, bronze, silver, gold, Justinian I coins, and other items). The "Gonio hoard" is especially significant because of its unique jewels, which are presently in the collection of the Ajara State Museum.

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