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Ambrolauri (Georgian: ამბროლაური) is a town in western Georgia which serves as a regional capital of Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti and the center of the homonymous district. As of the 2002 census, it had a population of 2,500. Ambrolauri has been known since the 17th century when it served as one of the residences of the kings of Imereti. Of this royal complex, only the ruins of a church and a tower have survived. In 1769, the Imeretian king Solomon Igranted this locale to the prince Zurab Machabeli who erected a tower there, which is now known as the "Machabeli tower".

In the 1930s, it was renamed Yenukidze, for Avel Yenukidze, a prominent Soviet party functionary. After Yenukidze's arrest, the original name was restored. Ambrolauri was officially granted the status of town in 1966. It was damaged by the 1991 Racha earthquake.