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Akhmeta (Municipality, Georgia)


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Flag and arms of Akhmeta - Images by The State Council of Heraldry at the Parliament of Georgia, 23 February 2012

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Presentation of Akhmeta

The municipality of Akhmeta (44,800 inhabitants in 2002, 8,600 in the town proper; 2,248 sq. km) is located in Kakheti, northeastern Georgia, on the border with Russia (Chechenia and Daghestan). The main source of income is wine-growing, with some 5,000 ha of vineyards producing yearly 30,000-40,000 tons of grapes. The local walnut jam is also famous.
The municipality of Akhmeta was established in 1945 by separation from Telavi. The village of Akhmeta, formed by the merging of the two villages of Uto and Zhaluri once separated by cropped fields, was granted the status of borough in 1959 and of town in 1966.

Akhmeta was the place of two rebellions, the first raised in 1659 against the Persian rule by Bidzina Cholokashvili (canonized by the Georgian Orthodox Church), and the second raised in August 1924 against the Soviet regime by Kaikhosro (Kakuska) Cholokashvili (1888-1930), of the very same lineage, considered as a national hero in Georgia.
Akhmeta is the birth town of the judoka Zurab Zviadauri (b. 1981), gold medalist in the Athens 2004 Olympics (middleweight).

Ivan Sache, 30 May 2012

Flag of Akhmeta

The flag and arms of Akhmeta are prescribed by Decree No. 49, adopted on 30 November 2011 by the Municipal Council.

The flag of is red with a blue Y-shaped cross placed horizontally, outlined in white.
The flag is a simplified (charges and escutcheon excluded) banner of the arms, which are "Gules a pall azure fimbriated argent cantonned in chief a sword and a sling per saltire dexter a ram sinister a two- leaved bunch of grapes an escutcheon of the first the chief serrated of the second three towers of the third. The shield surmounted by a three-towered mural crown argent fimbriated sable. Under the shield a scroll argent fimbriated sable charged with the name of the town in Georgian capital letters sable."
[State Council of Heraldry at the Parliament of Georgia]

The pall azure, undoubtedly, recalls that the town of Akhmeta is located at the confluence of three rivers, Alazani, Ilto and Orvili.

Ivan Sache, 30 May 2012