official_name = Surami
name_local = სურამი
image_caption = The north-western corner of Surami and the Kviratskhoveli Church
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map_caption = Location of Surami in Georgia
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = GEO
population_as_of = 2002
population_total = 9,800
timezone = GMT
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Surami ( _ka. სურამი) is a
townlet("daba") in Georgia’s Shida Kartliregion with the population of 9,800 (2002 Georgia Census). It is a popular mountain climatic resort and a home to a medieval fortress.
Surami is located on the southern slopes of the
Likhi Range(alternatively known as the Surami Range) which divides Georgia into its eastern and western parts, 4 km from the town Khashuri, to which Surami is connected through a railway spur.
The first human settlement on Surami’s territory dates back to the early
Bronze Age. It is probably the Surium of Classical authors, specifically Pliny the Elder( AD23-79), who place it in the eastern part of Colchis, towards Iberia. Strategically located at the entrance into the Borjomi Gorgeand guarding the road from eastern to western Georgia, Surami became a heavily fortified town in the 12th century. From the 1170s to the latter part of the 14th century, the fortress of Surami was a hereditary fief of the dynasty of the eristavs ("governors") of Kartli(central Georgia), who assumed the surname of Surameli (სურამელი; literally, " [lord] of Surami"). Subsequently, Surami declined but retained its lively trading post as well as the fortress which was reconstructed in the 16th and 17th centuries. By the mid-18th century, according to Prince Vakhushti, Surami had 200 households of Georgians, Armeniansand Jews. In the 1740s, Surami was used by Prince Givi Amilakhvarias his base against King Teimuraz IIand Persians. After the prince’s surrender in 1745, the fortress was demolished, but later restored and exploited by the Russo-Georgian troops in anti-Ottoman operations during the Russo-Turkish War (1768–1774). After the Russian annexation of Georgia in 1801, Surami housed a military post and was later popularized as a mountain climatic resort. In 1926, it acquired the status of " urban-type settlement" (Georgian: "daba").
Monuments and attractions
Surami is adjacent to the
Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park, noted for its diverse landscapes and abundance of historical monuments. The town itself houses The Mother of GodChurch complex constructed in the 16th-17th century, the 17th-19th century St. George’s Church and the Kviratskhoveli Church built in 1998.
The exact date when the Surami Fortress was built remains obscure. Its earliest structures possibly date to the 12th century, but it has been reconstructed several times since then. A local legend associated with the fortress was brought into classical Georgian literature by the writer
Daniel Chonkadze(1830-1860) and further famed by the Armenian filmmaker Sergei Parajanovin his award-winning feature film " The Legend of Suram Fortress" in 1984.
The Museum of Lesya Ukrainka is dedicated to the memory of the notable Ukrainian woman poet
Lesya Ukrainka(1873-1913) who spent her last months in Surami. The Museum consists of the house where the poet died, a library and Ukrainka's monument authored by the Georgian sculptress Tamar Abakelia(1952).
* [http://www.borjomi-kharagauli-np.ge/index.php?ur=region-surami Surami] . Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park.
*ge icon [http://www.shidakartli.ge/content.php?id=48 Resorts in Shida Kartli] . Shida Kartli Regional Administration.
*ge icon [http://www.shidakartli.ge/content.php?id=56 Monuments in Shida Kartli] . Shida Kartli Regional Administration.
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