The sightseeing city of Sighnaghi is the main attraction of the Alazani Valley in the Kakheti region.
Due to its good location - almost on the top of the mountain - Sighnaghi was never captured by enemies, thanks to which it has survived to this day almost in its original form.
The long fortress walls that protected little Georgia from enemy attacks in the old days, now serve as a tourist attraction of this small cozy and pretty town, which offers breathtaking views of the Alazani Valley, sun-drenched framed by the Caucasus Mountains!
In the past, many trade routes passed through Sighnaghi. This contributed to the high development of trade and crafts.
The city has a touching and dumb sad legend of love. The famous and talented artist Niko Pirosmani was born and lived in Sighnaghi. He was very poor, so he had to work as a house painter for food and a roof over his head. By a fateful combination of circumstances, the young artist met the French actress Margarita de Sevres. The girl completely possessed his heart. Favorite colors of the actress were red roses. The artist fell in love with her so much that he "sold his house, sold paintings and shelter, and with all his money bought a whole sea of flowers." The artist covered the square under the windows of the actress with a million of beautiful scarlet roses. Unfortunately, the girl did not share his feelings, went back to France, leaving a poor artist with a broken heart.
One of the most important sights of the city of Sighnaghi - the monastery of St. Nino - is located in the town of Bodba, a few kilometers from Sighnaghi. Here lie the relics of the most revered saint in Georgia, who brought Christianity to the country - the very Nino who lived under the blackberry bush in Samtavro monastery in Mtskheta and put the first cross on Mount Jvari, made of vine and intertwined with her own hair.
And welcome to the Tsinandali Estate!
Prince Alexander Chavchavadze, the founder of the Georgian romanticism turned the estate in the village of Tsinandali, which he inherited from his father into cultural and intellectual center of the country, the status it preserves to this day. The place regularly hosts exhibitions, concerts, literary events and master classes.For the first time in the country's history, wine was bottled in the historic cellar of Tsinandali. The collection of Alexander Chavchavadze's wines is also stored here - more than 15,000 bottles, the oldest of which dates back to 1814.