The village Skande is located on the left bank of the Kvirila River. In the medieval times the village was a Summer Residence of the Kings of Imereti. Close to Skande there is a fortress from the 4th century, built on a hill that is 120 meters high. In the 6th century during the Byzantine – Sasanian war, it became a strategic place in Imereti and until the 18th century it paid an important defensive, administrative and residential role. Many kings, noble people and diplomatic corps used to stop in the fortress during their trips. After the 18th century when Imereti became part of the Russian Empire, the fortress lost its function, got abandoned and fell into ruin. The site is an important historical place, not only for Georgians. It is surrounded by a dense forest and only one road from the village of Skande leads to the ruins of the fortress.