The name of the town comes from Turkish word “Siğnak” meaning a shelter – has had a rich history as a central hub for tradesmen and artisans.The winding cobblestone streets, Italianate architecture, and 18th century walls create a charming atmosphere. Down the hill from the main town are several historic churches. Stay the night and enjoy the hospitality of the innkeepers and restaurateurs.
In the current form of a town Sighnaghi originated on the ruins of a previously existing fortress in the second half of the 18th century during the reign of King Erekle II. It occupies nearly 40 ha of land and circumference of the wall is 2.5 km. The fortress has 23 towers and 5 entrances. In the past each tower had a separate name. The embrasures are arranged in a way that the garrison soldiers could aim at the attacking enemy located at any point both outside and inside the wall. The neighborhoods remaining from the 19th century still retain remarkable examples of house architecture.