Kharagauli
ხარაგაული
Kharagauli Center 2.JPG
Kharagauli is located in Georgia
Kharagauli
Kharagauli
Location of Kharagauli in Georgia
Coordinates: 42°01′00″N 43°12′00″E / 42.01667°N 43.20000°E / 42.01667; 43.20000Coordinates: 42°01′00″N 43°12′00″E / 42.01667°N 43.20000°E / 42.01667; 43.20000
Country Georgia
MkhareImereti
MunicipalityKharagauli
Population
 (2014)
 • Total1,965
Time zoneUTC+4 (Georgian Time)

Kharagauli (Georgian: ხარაგაული) is an administrative center of Kharagauli district in Georgia. It is situated on both banks of Chkherimela [ka] river in a narrow and deep gorge, 280-400m above the sea level.

Founding

It was founded as a railway station in the 1870s, when the Poti-Tbilisi railway was built. Kharagauli assumed an administrative, later an economic, function.

Geography

In the west entrance of the area, the Chkherimela river flows through a narrow gorge. On the left bank of the river, there are two statues of giants; on the right, two large holes. This area, referred to as "the giant's hole"[citation needed] serves as a minor tourist attraction. The riverbank also has a large park.

Up the gorge, there are ruins of an old fortress from the Middle Ages, referred to as Khandi or Kharagauli Fortress. The fortress is notable for being the site at which Vakhtang VI of Kartli was married.[1] Additionally, there are tombs on a mountain nearby from the 14th to 11th centuries BCE, as well as the ruins of a Christian church.[citation needed]

In the center of the borough, there is a three-story administration building. There are three secondary schools in the region, one seminary, two kindergartens, a hospital, a polyclinic, a library, a musical school, a theatre, a court, a post office, a museum of regional studies, two factories (furniture and industrial manufacturing), and communication departments. As in much of Imereti, production of wine (and derived drinks) is a notable sector of the economy; the cognacs Ubisa and Nunisi are produced there on spring water.

See also

References

  1. ^ Brosset, Marie-Félicité (1856). Histoire de la Géorgie depuis l'Antiquité jusqu'au XIXe siècle. IIe partie. Histoire moderne [History of Georgia from Antiquity to the 19th century. Part II. Modern History] (in French). S.-Pétersbourg: A la typographie de l'Academie Impériale des Sciences. pp. 23, 32, 42.