Telavi is the crossroads of Kakheti and a hub for culture, home to several of the region’s world-famous wineries, art museums, castles, and a theatre highlighting folk singing and dancing. Telavi is located on the crossroads of the region and is an ideal place to stop for lunch before or an excellent jumping off point for two or three-day excursions. It is the largest town in Kakheti with about 30 000 inhabitants. The first records of town trace back to the Common Era. It served as capital of Kakheti in the 10-11th and later in 17-18th centuries. The town is famous for its picturesque sights, a museum of local history, university, drama theatre, art gallery and other cultural and educational centers.
The most interesting sightsiing of Telavi is Batonistsikhe citadel. Entering the gates you can tour several small 18th century churches as well as the Ketevan Iashvili Art Gallery that features works from local and European artists. From the eastern side, the Citadel is bordered by the statue of King Erekle II on horseback. Climb to the statue’s base for a breathtaking view of the Caucasus Mountains.