Tbilisi

Georgia's ancient and vibrant capital city spreads out on both banks of the Mtkvari River, and is surrounded on three sides by mountains. The most widely accepted variant of the legend of Tbilisi's founding says that in the mid-5th century AD, King Vakhtang I Gorgasali was hunting in the heavily wooded region with a falcon. The King's falcon allegedly caught or injured a pheasant during the hunt, after which both birds fell into a nearby hot spring and died from burns. King Vakhtang became so impressed with the hot springs that he decided to cut down the forest and build a city. The name Tbilisi derives from the Old Georgian word "tbili", meaning warm. Archaeological studies of the region indicate human settlement in the area early as the 4th millennium BC.

Sights

  • Old Tbilisi

    The main sights of the city are clustered in the Old Tbilisi district. This area is well-known for i...

  • Narikala

    Narikala Fortress can be seen from any point within Old Tbilisi. It was constructed for defense purp...

  • Rustaveli Avenue and Freedom Square

    Rustaveli Avenue begins at Freedom Square and extends about 1.5 kilometers. This is the center of th...

  • Dry Bridge

    The Dry Bridge is home to a famous flea market, where you can find art exhibitions and antique items...

  • Funicular

    The Tbilisi Funicular is one of the finest examples of cable railways in the world. The railway lead...

  • Agmashenebeli Avenue

    Agmashenebeli Avenue is one of the longest and most beautiful streets of the city. Here you can find...

  • Simon Janashia Museum of Georgia

    The museum's origins date back to the 19th century. Today, the museum exhibits Georgia’s principal a...

  • Art Museum of Georgia

    Located near Freedom Square, the Art Museum of Georgia is one of the most important museums in the...

  • Gabriadze Theater

    Founded in 1981, it became the first Georgian puppet theater. The building is decorated with a magni...

  • Holy Trinity Cathedral

    The Trinity (Sameba) Cathedral is one of the tallest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in the World. The c...

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