With its 1,500 inhabitants, the Kakhetian city of Sighnaghi is one of the smallest towns in Georgia. The cozy place is located on a hill 50 km southeast of Telavi, the capital of Kakheti, in the midst of Georgia’s most famous wine region.
The well-preserved city walls as well as the cobbled streets and lanes from the 18th century give the town its unique charm. During the last few years, Sighnaghi has also undergone an extensive refurbishment. Facades and entire houses have been renovated and a lot of new tourist infrastructure has been established. Nowadays Sighnaghi is an important tourist magnet in Georgia.
Sighnaghi is the city of love
Due to the picturesque setting and the romantic atmosphere, Sighnaghi is extremely popular with couples willing to marry. This circumstance has brought the place the name «city of love». In addition, in the city hall, people can get married around the clock for seven days and 24 hours.
Bodbe Monastery near Sighnaghi
From a cultural point of view, Sighnaghi has a lot to offer, too. The Sighnaghi Museum, a part of the Georgian National Museum, displays not only the town’s history but also archaeological finds and works by Niko Pirosmani and Lado Gudiaschwili. In addition to the two Georgian Orthodox churches in the town, visitors are particularly fascinated by the nearby Bodbe Monastery, which can be reached by foot in about 25 minutes and where, according to a legend, Saint Nino is said to be buried.