Batonis-Tsikhe Fortress

“Batonis Tsikhe” (fortress of master) in Telavi (Georgian: თელავი) in Kakheti region is considered to be the best preserved medieval royal palace in Georgia. Built by King Archil in 1667-1675, it was the residence of Kakhetian kings during the 17th and 18th centuries.
The site was expanded in the second half of the 18th century by King Erekle II (Georgian: ერეკლე II), also known as The Little Kakhetian (Georgian: პატარა კახი).

The Palace is now a museum dedicated to King Erekle II and visitors can see the king’s living area and bedrooms and also the king’s sword and throne.
A statue of King Erekle II stands outside the palace walls.