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Kakheti
Kakheti
(Georgian: კახეთი [kʼɑxɛtʰi]) is a region (Georgian: Mkhare) formed in the 1990s in eastern Georgia from the historical province of Kakheti
Kakheti
and the small, mountainous province of Tusheti. Telavi
Telavi
is its capital. The region comprises eight administrative districts: Telavi, Gurjaani, Kvareli, Sagarejo, Dedoplistsqaro, Signagi, Lagodekhi and Akhmeta. Kakheti
Kakheti
is bordered by the Russian Federation
Russian Federation
to the Northeast, Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan
to the Southeast, and the Georgian regions of Mtskheta-Mtianeti
Mtskheta-Mtianeti
and Kvemo Kartli
Kvemo Kartli
to the west. The Georgian David Gareja monastery complex
David Gareja monastery complex
is partially located in this province and is subject to a border dispute between Georgian and Azerbaijani authorities.[1]

Contents

1 Geography 2 Subdivision 3 History 4 Travel information 5 See also 6 Footnotes 7 External links

Geography[edit] Beyond the modern-day administrative subdivision into the districts, Kakheti
Kakheti
has traditionally been subdivided into four parts: Inner Kakheti
Kakheti
(შიდა კახეთი, Shida Kakheti) to the east of Tsiv-Gombori mountain range, along the right bank of the Alazani River; Outer Kakheti
Kakheti
(გარე კახეთი, Gare Kakheti) along the middle Iori River
Iori River
basin; Kiziq'i (ქიზიყი) between the Alazani and the Iori; Thither Area (გაღმა მხარი, Gaghma Mkhari) on the left bank of the Alazani. It also includes the medieval region of Hereti
Hereti
whose name has fallen into gradual oblivion since the 15th century. Subdivision[edit]

Alaverdi Monastery

The Kakheti
Kakheti
region is divided into eight municipalities:

Municipalities of Kakheti
Kakheti
Region

Name Area Population

Telavi
Telavi
Municipality 1,094 km2 58 350

Akhmeta Municipality 2,248 km2 31 461

Gurjaani Municipality 849 km2 54 337

Kvareli
Kvareli
Municipality 1,000 km2 29 827

Dedoplistskaro Municipality 2,531 km2 21 221

Lagodekhi Municipality 890 km2 41 678

Sagarejo Municipality 1,515 km2 51 761

Sighnaghi
Sighnaghi
Municipality 1,251 km2 29 948[2]

History[edit]

Signagi is becoming an important cultural center in the region

Kakheti
Kakheti
was an independent feudal principality from the end of the eighth century. It was incorporated into the united Georgian Kingdom at the beginning of the eleventh century, but for less than a decade. Only in the beginning of the twelfth century did Georgian King David the Builder (1089–1125) incorporate Kakheti
Kakheti
into his Kingdom successfully.

The Alazani River
Alazani River
Plain, with the Caucasus Mountains in the background

After the disintegration of the Georgian Kingdom, Kakheti
Kakheti
became an independent Kingdom in the 1460s. From the early 16th century till the early 19th century, Kakheti
Kakheti
and its neighboring Kartli came under intermittent Iranian rule. In 1616, Shah Abbas deported hundreds of thousands of the ethnic Kakheti
Kakheti
Georgian population to Iran
Iran
and destroyed the region during his punitive campaign against Teimuraz I, his formerly most loyal subject. During all these centuries the region was an integral part of Iran
Iran
and it supplied many notable generals, administrators, women and many hundred of thousands of peasants for the Iranian overlords. In 1762, the Kakhetian Kingdom was united with the neighboring Georgian Kingdom
Georgian Kingdom
of Kartli into the Kingdom of Kartli- Kakheti
Kakheti
under King Erekle II. Following the Treaty of Georgievsk and the sack of Tblisi by Agha Mohammad Khan, in 1801 the Kingdom of Kartli-Kakheti
Kingdom of Kartli-Kakheti
was annexed to the Russian Empire. Russian suzerainty over Kakheti
Kakheti
and the rest of Georgia was recognized by Qajar Iran
Iran
in the 1813 Treaty of Gulistan.[3] In 1918–1921 Kakheti
Kakheti
was part of the independent Democratic Republic of Georgia, in 1922–1936 part of the Transcaucasian SFSR
Transcaucasian SFSR
and in 1936–1991 part of the Georgian SSR. Since the Georgian independence in 1991, Kakheti
Kakheti
has been a region of the republic of Georgia. Telavi is still its capital. Travel information[edit] The travel infrastructure in Kakheti
Kakheti
is fast developing, since it is the most visited region of Georgia. One can choose to stay in a guest house, in a small and comfortable hotel, or a beautiful boutique-style hotel while traveling in this region. Telavi
Telavi
and Signagi are the most visited towns. Signagi was renovated three years ago. Until recently there were only some family hotels (simple rooms in a family-owned house with a shared bathroom), but now Signagi features several hotels. See also[edit]

Gremi church in Kakheti.

Kakhetian pig List of sovereigns of Kakheti

Footnotes[edit]

^ Michael Mainville (2007-05-03). "Ancient monastery starts modern-day feud in Caucasus". Middle East Times. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-06-23.  ^ Kakheti
Kakheti
municipalities Archived 2011-07-21 at the Wayback Machine.. Regional Government of Kakheti. Retrieved on May 22, 2009 ^ Timothy C. Dowling Russia at War: From the Mongol Conquest to Afghanistan, Chechnya, and Beyond p 728 ABC-CLIO, 2 dec. 2014 ISBN 1598849484

External links[edit]

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Historical regions of Georgia

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Kvemo Kartli

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Mtskheta-Mtianeti

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Coordinates: 41°45′N 45°43′E / 41.750°N 45.717°E / 41

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