Castle sights in Telavi
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The main architectural and historical feature of Telavi, Batonistsikhe Castle was the residence of the Kakhetian kings in the 17th and 18th centuries, built when King Archil II transferred his residence from Gremi to Telavi. Inside the castle yard is a Persian-style palace that was constructed in the 1660s, and rebuilt by Erekle II, who was born and died here. The central throne room holds many historical portraits including one of Erekle himself (above the throne).