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This is the story about people in Imerhevi,Shavsheti,Lazeti,Chaneti with love from Georgia


            First Türkish invasion in the region is dated back to 1064 A.D. After the Türk-Seljuk forces under Alp Arslan occupied Artanuji(Artanuç),City of Artvini,Oltisi(Oltu),Rize,Khopa,Atskuri(Azgur) and Batumi in the year 1064. The Seljukian army, commanded by Ahmet of Danishment, passed the mount Arshiani( Arsiyan ) through Shavshati and besieged the Castle Tao-Klarjeti of Georgian Quinn Tamara in Village Koli which still remains there. They defeated the Georgian army and captured the area in the year 1280. However Seljukians had not been able to hold the region long and it had passed to the rule of Ilhans.


At the age of Ilhans, Ortodox Kipjak Turks had become the half independent ruler of the region. Later then, with command of Lala Mustafa Pasha, the commander Abdurrahman, the frontier commander of Artahani, had passed the mountain Moskhi (Ilgar) and captured the whole Meskhi Walley and Akhaltsikhe (Ahiska) region with his own forces at August 25, 1578. Consequently Shavsheti-Imerhevi,Oltisi(Oltu) was joined to Ottomans.

Erzurum governer Lala Mustafa Pasha settled Cildir as a sate centred at Ahiska and so made a frontier principality.

1917 The Russian forces left Erzurum, Kars and surrounding because of the revolution happened in Russia.

At the end of 1917, Georgian had started activities near Kobliani. Georgians captured Akhaltsikhe(Ahiska), Ahalkalaki and Shavshet-Imerhevi by setting conatcts with some important men in Atskuri(Azgur)in 1919.

Georgians left Shavshet-imerhevi according to the convention made between Atatürk and Lenin, Georgian governer has left Tao-Klarjeti on February 22, 1921. As a consequent Shavshet-Imerhevi,Artvini,Rize,Khopa,was occupied by Türks on March 2, 1921. Later on March 2, 1923 it become a sub-province(Artvin Velaiet).

All Georgian Population of the region were Muslimaniesed…(Imerhevi,Shavsheti,Lazeti,Chaneti) –The sad fact for Georgians!

We love all people in Imerhevi,Shavsheti,Lazeti,Chaneti



       This is the story about them (people from Imerhevi,Shavsheti,Lazeti,Chaneti) with love from Georgia!

                                                                 N..Sh    19/04/ 2010


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  1. selam aleyikum i want to get some more info about ahiska culture ???

    • What kind of infos? pls write me . As culture is so deep

    • We should take care, in inculcating patriotism into our boys and girls, that is a patriotism above the narrow sentiment which usually stops at one’s country, and thus inspires jealousy and enmity in dealing with others… Our patriotism should be of the wider, nobler kind which recognises justice and reasonableness in the claims of others and which lead our country into comradeship with…the other nations of the world. The first step to this end is to develop peace and goodwill within our borders, by training our youth of both sexes to its practice as their habit of life, so that the jealousies of town against town, class against class and sect against sect no longer exist; and then to extend this good feeling beyond our frontiers towards our neighbours


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