Georgia‘s Sighnaghi or Hereti town is located 120 km south of Tbilisi, in the Kakheti region. Walking along the staggering streets, romantic paved streets and balconies inlaid the houses is stunning. Georgia is a vast country located in the Eurasian region on the Black Sea coast and the border between Europe and Asia.
Sighnaghi is also one of the oldest districts, 60 kilometers from the city of Tallawi, the capital of Kakheti province, and 120 kilometers southwest of Tbilisi. This city is very old. Its name was Hereti at the time of Stone Age and today it is renamed Sighnaghi.
The name of the city of Sighnaghi is derived from the Turkish word for shelter or invincible. This city is one of the oldest cities in the country where historic houses and buildings of the city still remain.
Sighnaghi is a small, populous city, but it is still one of the most visited tourist cities in Georgia today, with many domestic and foreign travelers traveling to the city each year. Because the area is fertile, the city of Sighnaghi is also full of lush vineyards and gardens.
All of this has made the urban town a dream and to be nicknamed the City of Love, because it is a great place for Georgians to have weddings, even foreign tourists, with no divorce registered in the city.
The city with mild and humid weather has mild winters and very mild summers, which is the best time to travel to Sighnaghi in the summer months.
Sighnaghi has a wide tourist potential as well as wide variety hotels, inns and restaurants which are very affordable prices compares to other Georgian tourist towns.
The historic wall of the city
The wall is one of the most famous monuments in Sighnaghi. The wall is 4 kilometers long and has 28 towers. It is interesting to know that the historical wall of the Sighnaghi is known same as the wall of china.
Some repairs have been made to this wall many times and it is now a wonderful building.
The Sighnaghi wall was built in 1170 AD. The main reason for building the wall was to defend the city against foreign attacks, including attacks by Dagestan’s invading tribes. As you walk along the wall, you will see the magnificent scenery of the city. Every year many tourists visit the wall of the city and you will always find people taking selfies along the wall.
City Historical Museum
The city has a very beautiful museum with rare artifacts preserved by Nico Pirosmani and Lado Godiashvili. The museum holds precious masterpieces, which are spectacular. Due to these rare works, the museum attracts many tourists every year who are interested in historical and artistic works.
St. Stephen’s Church
St. Stephen’s Church is one of the most significant monuments in Sighnaghi. This church has a beautiful building and its brick building looks great. To reach the church, you have to cross a beautiful path and a hill. Then the church building will appear in front of you.
The unique feature of the church is that it is built inside the tower and the bell tower is next to it. This area offers a beautiful view of the city. You can also visit the Saint Nino Fountain in the area. This spring has clear blue water and the coolness of the area will bring the spirit of life.
St. Nino Church, Buddhist Church and St. Nino Spring are near the town, 2 km from Sighnaghi.
If you want to see one of the most beautiful monasteries in all over the Georgia, this monastery is the best. This monastery is one of the city’s famous tourist sites. The reason is that St. Nino is buried in this monastery.
Who was Saint Nino?
Saint Nino was a clergyman who promoted Christianity in Georgia in the fourth century and invited most of the people to this divine religion. The Georgian people have a great respect for St. Nino and have for many years regarded him as a healer.
Also besides St. Nino, King Mirian, Queen Nana and Abibos Nekersli were also buried in the monastery.
King Mirian was the first Christian King of Georgia. According to legend, St. Nino performed a miraculous recovery when king Mirian III was blinded on a hunting trip. King Mirian III became blind during the hunt and lost his way. He did not find any way by praying to the Greek gods until he prayed to the God of St. Nino (ie the one God) and returned to the palace. Saint Nino worshiped the one God to heal the King’s blind eyes and the king’s eyes were healed. After that, King Mirian III proclaimed Christianity the official religion in Georgia.
The windows of the monastery are slim and the building is high and the height of it is stunning. A little further away, you can see the view of grassy hills and dark green bushes stacked together.
Sighnaghi, the city of love
Sighnaghi is called the city of love. As we said, this city is a great destination for weddings. People from all over Georgia, as well as from neighboring countries, come to Sighnaghi to hold their weddings.
Thus, you should expect to find numerous hotels, wedding venues, stylish restaurants and wedding organizers in this city.
The streets and alleys of the city are beautifully laid out, and the houses with red brick roofs create something like a fairy town.
Wherever you stop, the lush nature and beautiful scenery give you stunning views. If you decide to have a wedding in this city, luxury Sighnaghi hotels will have the best offers for you. There is a myth that a marriage contract concluded in Sighnaghi, will never be broken and will not lead to divorce. So couples who want their marriage to last forever, consider here one of the best places to get married.
So if you want to make your marriage contract lasts forever and keep it lovely to the end, it’s not bad to go to Georgia and of course Sighnaghi.