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Merab Kostava street, Ambrolauri
Merab Kostava street, Ambrolauri
Ambrolauri is located in Georgia (country)
Location of Ambrolauri in Georgia
Coordinates: 42°31′18″N 43°08′54″E / 42.52167°N 43.14833°E / 42.52167; 43.14833
Country  Georgia
Mkhare Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti
Population (2002)
 • Total 2,500
Time zone Georgian Time (UTC+4)

Ambrolauri (Georgian: ამბროლაური) is a town in western Georgia which serves as a regional capital of Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti and the center of the homonymous district. As of the 2002 census, it had a population of 2,500.


Ambrolauri has been known since the 17th century[1] when it served as one of the residences of the kings of Imereti. Of this royal complex, only the ruins of a church and a tower have survived. In 1769, the Imeretian king Solomon I granted this locale to the prince Zurab Machabeli who erected a tower there, which is now known as the "Machabeli tower".

In the 1930s, it was renamed Yenukidze, for Avel Yenukidze, a prominent Soviet party functionary.[1] After Yenukidze's arrest, the original name was restored.[1] Ambrolauri was officially granted the status of town in 1966.[citation needed] It was damaged by the 1991 Racha earthquake.

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  1. ^ a b c Pospelov, p. 27,


  • Е. М. Поспелов (Ye. M. Pospelov). "Имена городов: вчера и сегодня (1917–1992). Топонимический словарь." (City Names: Yesterday and Today (1917–1992). Toponymic Dictionary.) Москва, "Русские словари", 1993.

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