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Modinakhe is a medieval castle located 1 km north of Sachkhere. Unfortunately, only parts of the Eastern and Western defensive walls with towers remain until today. In the yard there is a single-nave basilica, a reservoir and an underground wine cellar.

The castle served as a residence of noble families. It was built by Prince Papuna Tsereteli in the 18th century. Over the years it was in possession of Palavandishvilebi family and the great family of Tsereteli from Sachkhere. Since 1735 the castle served as a shelter for a great noble of Imereti, Papuna Tsereteli who rebelled against the King of Imereti Alexander I. The king tried to invade the castle however he did not succeed. In 1766, during Georgian war with Turks, the King Solomon I also hid in the castle and a year later Tsereteli ancestral gave the castle to the King. In 1810 when citizens of Imereti rebelled against the Russian Empire, Modinakhe was taken by the rebels but soon thereafter the Russian army invaded the castle and put its garrison there.

Chalk Hill

Chalk Hill is a site were burial grounds dating to the Bronze Age (first half of 3rd millennium B.C.) were discovered. Archaeological researches were conducted here in 1945–46 under the leadership of B. Kuptini and in 1995 under Otar Japaridze’s initiative. One meter under a crumbling cobblestone embankment they found burial grounds with corpses. Inside they found stone axes and hammers, copper axes, arrowheads, daggers, spearheads, bayonets and Kura-Araxes ceramics.

Discovered materials prove that metallurgy was well developed in this place. It also shows ethnical unity with Eastern Georgia. The burials appeared to have no particular differentiation in social status.


The Village Sairkhe is located on the left side of the Kvirila River. It was first mentioned in written sources in the 18th century.

In 1957, in the south part of the village, during archaeological excavations a group of experts led by N. Ghambashidze discovered fragments of a temple from the Antiquity Period. Archaeological works were also conducted in 1966 –1968 by Jurkha Nadiradze. In a place called Lominauri scientists revealed remains of a cult building dated back to the 4th century BC with fragments of limestone-capitals, a Lion headed portrayal and other things. The ornaments suggest that it was constructed by Achaemenids and the researchers believe that they were built in the honour of the deity of fertility.


Tourist Routes

Do you want to see Imereti, but you do not know where to start from? We prepared for you trails around the region, which will lead you to interesting natural sites, historical monuments and cultural attractions. Following those paths you will visit true Imeretian “pearls” – thousand- year- old monasteries, historical buildings, amazing wonders of nature, including mountains, canyons, caves, waterfalls, rivers, lakes and you will come across many other attractions. You will also have an occasion to taste delicious Georgian food and wine. Have a look at our suggestions and go explore Imereti!

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