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Gonio Fortress was built by the Romans during the Hellenistic period in the 1st century AD. The impressive Roman-Byzantine military architecture covers 47,000 sq meters within a rectangle of high stone walls with 18 towers. Later, it was occupied by the Byzantines in the 6th century and by the Ottomans in the 16th, a number of historians claim that Gonio fortress was a strategic, political, economic, and cultural center for the Eastern Roman frontier. You'll visit the small museum, as well as the cross outside that is believed to be the grave of Apostle Matthew. Then, head to the Kemal Turmanidze Ethnographic Museum "Borjgalo," which celebrates the amazing works of Kemal Turmanidze, a master woodcarver. The museum contains several hundred examples of his work, together with exhibits of Georgian cultural heritage. Take in the highlights of Batumi with you guide during a photo stop at European Square then take a short walk to Piazza Square where you'll enjoy a short visit of St. Nicholas Church.
Visit the Gonio Fortress, which was built by the Romans during the Hellenistic period in the 1st century AD, and occupied by the Byzantines and Ottomans in later times.
See a cross outside that's believed to be the grave of Apostle Matthew.
Tour the Kemal Turmanidze Ethnographic Museum "Borjgalo," which celebrates the amazing works of Kemal Turmanidze, a master woodcarver.
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Location Batumi, Georgia
Tour Code A810
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