Sachkhere New Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Site address
From the centre of Sachkhere, proceed north-east via Sachkhere - Perevi - Ertso Lake and after passing Sachkhere stadium (visible on your left) turn right into Iashvili street. Drive 190 meters and the corner of the cemetery will face you. Do not turn left via the main road but continue driving straight and the cemetery gate will appear on your right after about 50 meters.
GPS coordinates
42.34163, 43.41474
Perimeter length
576 meters
Is the cemetery demolished
Type and height of existing fence
The cemetery is fenced with two types of fencing. On three sides, it is fenced with metal material about 1.5 meters high. On the fourth side, it is fenced with metal mesh about two meters in height.
Preservation condition
Fenced and protected Jewish cemetery
General site condition
The cemetery needs serious cleaning. It is densely overgrown by trees, bushes and high grass. Many of the tombstones are barely visible. The majority of the gravestones are no longer legible and difficult to access.
Number of existing gravestones
About 700. Many tombstones were hidden under grass and almost invisible during the survey. It is therefore possible that the accurate number of tombstones is slightly different. The oldest part of the cemetery is not only overgrown but also covered by soil and moss, with gravestone inscriptions illegible.
Date of oldest tombstone
Date of newest tombstone
Urgency of erecting a fence
Fence is not needed
Land ownership
Preserved construction on site
There are about 10 ohel-like constructions.
Drone surveys

Historical overview

Sachkhere is a town in upper-Imereti, Western Georgia. Its history dates back to the Bronze Age. As a settlement, Sachkhere was first mentioned in the historical records in the 17th century as a strategic trading point on the Kvirila river.

While it is not known when and from where the first Jewish settlers came to Sachkhere, 19th century Georgian historian Zakaria Chichinadze believes the Jewish population came to Sachkhere from Kartli. On the other hand, there are sources which refer to the mutual migration process of Jews between Sachkhere and Kutaisi. Some of Sachkhere’s Jews were serfs during the feudal period. While most of Sachkhere’s Jewish population traditionally were involved in trade, some worked in agriculture. Most sources regarding Jewish life in Sachkhere date to the 19th century, which note that the Jews of Sachkhere did not have any separate district and lived throughout the town. As a result, there were 4 synagogues in the town, each in a separate district. Sachkhere’s synagogues date to the 19th century. According to archival documents from 1946, the wooden synagogue was built in 1901 and later the stone one in 1903. Most likely the Sachkhere’ Jewish cemetery was established around the same time.The oldest Jewish cemetery in Sachkhere is located in the village of Zeda Skhvitori, on the road towards the Todadze fortress. The cemetery likely dates to the 19th century. The gravestones are illegible.