It was decided to restore the museum-reserve Nokalakevi located 17km away from the city of Senaki, reports the Information Agency News-Georgia with the reference to the press-service of the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection. Nokalakevi is the place mentioned in the myth about Jason and Golden Fleece. According to the legend, argonauts sailed there. The ancient Greek manuscripts named the destination as Aia and Archaeopolis and described it as the center of Colchis (Egress Kingdom).
The archaeological excavations on the territory of Nokalakevi at different times presented discoveries of the fence, remains of Egress palaces of the 4th and 6th centuries, royal and public baths, water reservoir, secret tunnel and dome temple of saint "Forty martyrs" of the 6th century. Today there is an archaeological museum functioning here with artifacts found in Nokalakevi dating back to the 2nd millennium B.C.
The government allocated about 6 mln USD for restoration works of the museum-reserve Nokalakevi. Presentation of the project on restoring of the monument of culture took place during the visit of the Minister of Culture Mikhail Giorgadze and the General Director of the National Agency of Protection of Cultural Legacy of Georgia Nikoloz Antidze. The works are planned to complete in 2020.