It is located in the Kakheti region. This city has been reconstructed recently, and it looks like it did 200 years ago. Nowadays, Sighnaghi is the tourists' favorite place, as they can see beautiful old architecture and enjoy the magnificent views over the Alazani Valley. However, in the past, it was a strategic city used as a defense against enemies. Around Sighnaghi, there was a huge wall with several entrances and 28 castles. During invasions, all people could enter the city and protect themselves inside.
One of the most famous Georgian painters, Nikala Pirosmani, was from Sighnaghi. During his life, he was very poor. Pirosmani had only one house, and he sold it because of his lover. He was in love with one French actress. With this money, he bought a million roses for this woman. Unfortunately, she left him, and Pirosmani died very poorly under one building’s stairs, where he was living during his last years. After the painter’s death, they found his paintings, and now they are worth several million dollars. Today you can hear this sad love story and see his paintings in the Sighnaghi’s National museum.
One curiosity about this city is that there is a wedding house working 24 hours a day and thus many tourists get married there. There was one funny story about it. When some couples that got married here wanted to get a divorce, it was big trouble for them as they had to come back to Georgia to do so. Eventually, the Georgian government solved this problem, and now they can divorce online. Sighnaghi is a charming city, and due to the love stories around it, everybody calls it 'the city of love.'
You will not regret it if you decide to visit Sighnaghi for a photo shooting, a romantic weekend, or perhaps even to get married. As a bonus, you can relax there with a wine spa which is regularly offered by some hotels.
Enjoy your visit to Sighnaghi, the city of love!
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