The Capital of Georgia, Tbilisi, commonly known by its former name Tiflis is the largest city of the country, lying on the banks of the Kura River with a population of roughly 1.5 million inhabitants.
Tbilisi, is one of the most ancient cities of the world, called so because of hot Sulphur springs. It is relatively new as a tourist destination. Its narrow streets look very European with many squares with cozy restaurants.
Its warm hearten people welcome tourists with open arms to its many tourist attractions.
Rustaveli Avenue is Tbilisi's main artery
It is Tbilisi’s main street and a must see destination. It is the location of the Rose Revolution Square full of cafes, shops and vendors of all kinds.
This street is where you’ll find many government, public business and cultural buildings, such as the Parliament of Georgia, the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theater, the Rustaveli Museum, the Rustaveli State Academic Theater and the Georgian Academy of Sciences are all located here.
The Old Town of Tbilisi is a labyrinth of narrow streets with houses of wooden balconies and old brick homes. This houses lead to hidden courtyards. Most of them have been carefully renovated.
Here you feel the influences of Asian or Arabic and European or classical Russian architecture. At the northern part you’ll find the Sulphur Baths and Meidani Square with many restaurants.
Thermal Baths in Abanotubani
They became popular at the era of the Silk Road when there were more than 60 bath altogether.
Today there are about five baths with different levels of comfort.
The baths, over 1500 years old, are the perfect venue for a massage a private of cheaper public bath.
Narikala Fortress in Tbilisi Capital of Georgia
The ancient Narikala Fortress is located on the Holy Mountain of Mtatsminda. It is the oldest of Tbilisi’s ancient buildings. It was built in the 4th century and is called by locals as “The heart and soul of the city”.
If you are in good shape, climb to the top of the hill for an amazing view of the Old Town; and once there make sure to walk around the fortress and the Orthodox church located inside. You may also reach it by cable car from Rike park.
Most of the walls were built in the 8th century by the Arab emirs, whose palace was inside the fortress. Subsequently Georgians, Turks and Persians captured and remodeled Narikala. During the time of the Russians it was destroyed by an explosion and later rebuilt in 1990.
Mother Georgia Sculpture
Located on top of Solokai Mountain, outside the city of Tbilisi, this huge statue, built in 1958 when Tbilisi celebrated its 1500 anniversary, can be seen from all around. The other name it is known with is Kartilis Deda.
It was designed by famous Georgian sculptor Elguja Amashukeli. This is a twenty-meter aluminum figure of a woman in the Georgian national dress, symbolizing the Georgian national character.
Located on a hilltop called St Elijah in the heart of the city, this magnificent building, is called the Sameba Cathedral or the Holy Trinity. It can hold up to 15,000 people at a time.
It is 78 meters high, and visible from all parts of the city. The Trinity Cathedral is the largest church in Georgia.
Paliashvili Opera House
Located in a small country as Georgia, this is one of the leading opera houses in the world.
This great Opera House is home to the Georgian State Ballet. The architecture is very oriental and the interiors are spectacular.
Although modern in architecture, it shows that Georgia is the bridge between Europe and Asia.
Museum of Georgia in the Capital of Georgia
Museum of Georgia
The major highlight of this impressive main national museum is the Archaeological Treasury. They display pre-Christian gold, silver and precious-stone work from burials in Georgia going back to the 3rd millennium BC.
Most stunning are the fabulously detailed gold adornments from Colchis in western Georgia. On the top floor, the Museum of Soviet Occupation is full of detail on Soviet repression and resistance to it.
The museum also stages temporary exhibitions from its large stored collections, such as Asian art and historical photography. In the lobby are exhibits from Dmanisi, the archaeological site in southern Georgia with 1.8 million-year-old hominid skulls that are rewriting the study of early European humanity.
This is an impressive ride to Mount Mtatsminda where the views from the top are great.
The Funicular Complex restaurant building has a couple of great places to eat or drink. It's also usually several degrees cooler up here than in the city below, which can be very welcome in the heat of summer.
Built by puppet master Rezo Gabriadze, a few years ago, during the renovation of the Gabriadze Puppet theater, it is one of Tbilisi’s newest attractions, looking as taken out of a fairy tale.
On the hour an angel pops out of a door near the top and strikes the bell with a hammer.
Erekle II Street, lined with cafes and galleries, leads to the Peace Bridge, an elegant glass-and-steel footbridge over the Mtkvari, designed by Italian Michele De Lucchi and opened in 2010.
It is one of the most attractive modern structures of avant-garde ones of the times of Saakashvili, in the Capital of Georgia
For more information visit Georgia Tourism Website
Map of Georgia showing the location of Tbilisi
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