The fort, built by the Romans, lies between the border and Batumi itself right next to the main road.

It is basically an almost intact battlemented wall, incorporating 18 towers, and enclosing an area of 47,000 sq. metres.

As can be seen from the photo, there is little to see inside the walls, although finds from the minimal digs which have taken place are on display in an education centre within the walls.

It would seem this building is only opened for school parties, so the trick is to go in just as the children leave, and you have the place to yourself.

The centre traces the story of the fort, later taken over and height of walls raised by the Byzantines, and everything is in English as well as Georgian.

You can still walk all around the walls, and the well in the fort would seem to be considered lucky, as wedding parties trek out here from Batumi to take photographs at the well – one arrived while we were there.

Here’s the groom holding his new wife’s bouquet whilst she is filmed posing by the lucky well.

It had been raining more or less all day but stopped for the wedding party, then resumed as they left.

Gonio Fort, Batumi, Georgia www.fethiyetimes.com

Maybe there is luck in the well?

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