Poti

Poti is a safe and convenient strategic region for navigation. Between the VII-VI centuries BC, was founded a Greek settlement, Phasis. Sailors used a sea line that connected the Colchian coast with Greece. In the Mint of Phasis the legendary silver coin Colchian Tetri was cast.

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Poti

Poti is a safe and convenient strategic region for navigation.  Between the VII-VI centuries BC, was founded a Greek settlement, Phasis. Sailors used a sea line that connected the  Colchian coast with Greece. In the Mint of Phasis the legendary silver coin Colchian Tetri was cast. Its convenient geographical location contributed to the enrichment of Phasis. "Residents of Phasis supply necessities to all  whose ship is sunk. They are given  three boats and sent by the sea route home, "- Aristotle wrote. 
 
Poti played a significant role in international transit trade. Goods imported by  sea from all over the ancient Greek world through Poti were delivered to the North Caucasus, Persia, India and China. 
Poti port often was used by merchant ships of Greece, Rome, Spain, Genoa, Egypt and Constantinople. 
Poti has always been an object of interest for invaders.   Pontus Mithridates VI Eupator, Pompey, Nahoragan, the Byzantine Caesars - Justinian I and Justinian II and the Turk – Ottomans all invaded..
Since 1579, Poti became a subject of interest to the Ottoman Empire. Despite being occupied , Poti = did not lose  its importance. Merchants gathered here from different parts of Western Georgia. In 1804, the Russian military first appeared in Poti. In 1828, Russia finally replaced the Turkish conquerors. In the same year, a port project was approved, though the construction of the city and the port was slow.

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