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Location in Georgia
Country Georgia
Province Kakheti
 • Total 2,978 km2 (1,150 sq mi)
Elevation 836 m (2,743 ft)
Lowest elevation 720 m (2,360 ft)
Population (2002)
 • Total 2,146
Time zone EET
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+4)
Postal code 4200
Area code(s) +995 99

Sighnaghi (Signagi) (


Promulgation of Manifesto on the Emancipation of Peasants in Sighnaghi, 1864.

The territory of the modern-day town has been settled since the marauding attacks by Dagestan tribesmen.

As of the 1770 census, Sighnaghi was settled by 100 families, chiefly craftsmen and merchants. When Georgia was annexed by Imperial Russia in 1801, Sighnaghi (Signakh) was officially granted town status and became a centre of Signakh uyezd (Russian: Сигнахский уезд) within Tiflis Governorate in 1802. In 1812, Signak joined the rebellion with the rest of Kakheti against the Russian rule. During the Caucasian War, the town "was considered an important point on account of its proximity to" Dagestan.[3]

The town quickly rose in its size and population and became an agricultural center under the [4]

Geography and climate

The town has an area of 2.978 km² with 24.3% being residential.[4] Sighnaghi is approximately 113 km southeast of Gombori Range, a watershed between the Iori and Alazani valleys, in a productive agricultural and fruit-growing region. At the elevation of about 790 m above sea level, the town overlooks the Alazani Valley and faces the Greater Caucasus mountains.

Sighnaghi has a mild humid climate. There are four seasons, with winters being moderately cold while summers can be hot. The highest average temperature is in July at 24.3°C while the lowest average temperature is in January at 0.2°C. Average annual precipitation ranges from 602.1 to 949.7 mm,[4] with the heaviest occurring during the spring months and early summer.

Culture and attractions

Sighnaghi and its environs are home to several historical and cultural monuments and has been specifically protected by the State since 1975. The town is walled with the remnants of 18th-century fortifications. There are two St. Stephen. The venerated Bodbe Monastery is located 2 kilometers from Sighnaghi and is a place of pilgrimage due to its association with St. Nino, the 4th-century apostle of Georgia.

The local Ethnographic and Archaeological Museum dating from the 1950s was upgraded and developed into a modern-standard exhibition the – Sighnaghi Museum – in 2007.[5] Sighnaghi is known as a "Love City" in Georgia.


  1. ^ "Sighnaghi (Abashis Raioni, Georgia)". Retrieved 2011-03-08. 
  2. ^ (Georgian) The 2002 Census results, p. 47 (PDF format). The Statistics Department of Georgia. Retrieved on April 1, 2007.
  3. ^  
  4. ^ a b c The official website of Sighnaghi. Retrieved on April 1, 2007.
  5. ^ Signagi Museum. Georgian National Museum. Retrieved on December 14, 2007.
  • Rosen, Roger. Georgia: A Sovereign Country of the Caucasus. Odyssey Publications: Hong Kong, 1999. ISBN 962-217-748-4

External links

  • Promotional website of Signagi, State Department of Tourism and Resorts of Georgia, 2008.
  • Government Looks to Make Signaghi a Top Tourist Destination. Georgian Business Week. June 4, 2007. Retrieved from The SME Support Project website, December 15, 2007.

Sighnaghi travel guide from Wikivoyage

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