Kareli, Georgia

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This article is about the town in Georgia. For the town in India, see Kareli, Madhya Pradesh.
Kareli  ქარელი is located in Georgia (country)
Kareli  ქარელი
Location of Kareli in Georgia
Coordinates: 42°01′28″N 43°54′4″E / 42.02444°N 43.90111°E / 42.02444; 43.90111Coordinates: 42°01′28″N 43°54′4″E / 42.02444°N 43.90111°E / 42.02444; 43.90111
Country  Georgia (country)
Mkhare Shida Kartli
Elevation 620 m (2,030 ft)
Population (2007)
 • Total 7,200
Time zone Georgian Time (UTC+4)

Kareli (Georgian: ქარელი) is a town in Shida Kartli, Georgia, located on the right bank of the Mtkvari (Kura), 94 km west of the nation’s capital of Tbilisi.


Kareli is first mentioned as a village in the 1715 documents. It was a property of the Tsitsishvili noble family. It acquired the status of a town under the Soviet government in 1981. Since 1939, it has been an administrative center of the homonymous district. As of the 2002 census, Kareli had a population of approximately 7,200.[1]

Kareli has a humid subtropical climate with moderately cold winters and long warm summers. The town’s environs are a home to several architectural monuments of medieval Georgia such as the churches of Zghuderi, Samtsevrisi, Ruisi, and Kintsvisi, and the fortress of Ortubani (Dzama).


  1. ^ (Georgian) Shida Kartli: Passport. Government of Georgia. Retrieved on 2008-07-30.