- Lower Production cost (260 vs. 305 ( 300)).
- +4 Faith.
- +200 Outer Defense Strength.
- +3 Combat Strength (Total of +9 Combat Strength from previous walls)
- +1 Housing under the Monarchy government. (Total of +3 Housing from previous walls)
- +2 Diplomatic Favor under the Monarchy government.
- Becomes obsolete with Steel, which automatically builds defenses in every city.
- Cannot be purchased with Gold.
- +3 Tourism (with Conservation. Total of +6 Tourism from previous walls. Total of +9 Tourism in a Golden Age).
- +2 Science with the Military Research Policy.
- +100% Tourism and Faith while in a Golden Age.
After numerous buffs, the Tsikhe has been transformed from a ridiculously underwhelming building into a safeguard that dissuades even the most bloodthirsty warlords from invading Georgia. It now provides twice the outer defense of the standard Renaissance Walls, turning Georgian cities into impenetrable fortresses. The latest buff towards Georgia's civilization ability (+50% Production towards walls) makes this building even more potent. Moreover, it plays strongly to the Georgian unique ability of chaining multiple Golden Ages. Considering that the Tsikhe is built in the City Center (meaning that it can be built in every city), combined with Tamar's leader ability, you are looking at a significant Faith and Tourism output as long as you can continue your Golden Ages. After the general buff towards the Renaissance Walls that make them immune to Siege Towers and Battering Rams, the Tsikhe is so tanky that it can withstand even rounds of Bombards. However, considering that this is the only piece of unique infrastructure that can be rendered obsolete with technological research, make sure you delay researching Steel until you build your Tsikhe in every city. With its boosted Faith and Tourism output in Golden Ages, this building can contribute meaningfully to a Cultural Victory, if you can make the best out of your civilization ability to chain Golden Ages.
Valletta's Suzerain bonus has excellent synergy with Georgia, since it allows you to instantly purchase walls and other City Center buildings with your massive Faith income rather than dedicating Production and Turns toward building them. If Valletta isn't present in a game under the Gathering Storm ruleset, you can build your Tsikhe with maximum efficiency by slotting Limes and having an active Urban Development Treaty (a World Congress resolution) for City Center buildings. These, when combined with your civilization ability, will yield a 250% Production bonus.
Conversely, Akkad's Suzerain bonus will render your Tsikhe (and all other walls) useless against melee and anti-cavalry units' attacks. If Akkad is in the game, do your best to deprive your opponents of its bonus, or even conquer it if its location makes doing so feasible.
High over the landscape, situated in the hills and rocky cliffs, the Georgian fortresses guard the countryside. The tsikhe feature high curtain walls with either rounded or triangular merlons (the solid part of the “cut outs” on the wall). A tower stands at each intersection of joined wall.
The Georgian fortresses were particularly difficult to assault due to their position on the high ground. Although this type of fortress existed during the time of Alexander the Great, the Georgians used them effectively through the 17th Century.