History

TBILISI

The Immortal City

These days, a visitor to Tbilisi might be struck by the calm, southern European atmosphere that pervades this hilly capital. The old city of Tbilisi, with its picturesque winding lanes, old buildings, and famously decorative balconies leaves an indelible impression of calm, comfort, and civilization. However, the city was not always so. Since its founding, the city of Tbilisi has had a capricious fate – one that could rival that of any major city; it has plummeted from golden age to utter ruin and back again with great rapidity over the course of its long history. Indeed, the city can be best described as a survivor, a living being that has overcome its many conquerors and turned a corner to begin a new chapter of life.

According to legend, the city of Tbilisi was first founded in the mid-5th century by King Vakhtang Gorgasali, who encountered numerous hot springs while hunting in the area and was so impressed by them he decreed that a new city be built on the site. Thus the city received its name, Tbilisi, meaning “a warm place” in Georgian. As is the case with many ancient cities, archaeological records which show that the area around Tbilisi was inhabited well before it’s “official founding by a great ruler. The area was, in fact, likely inhabited as early as the 4th millenium BCE. Yet it does seem that King Vakhtang greatly enlarged whatever settlement was already present, and his son later established it as the new capitol of his kingdom. Due to its strategic location on major trade routes, Tbilisi swiftly began to grow and prosper, yet its growing wealth attracted attention from abroad.

Popular Destinations in Tbilisi

Bridge of Peace

Relatively newly constructed the Bridge of Peace is definitely the attraction one wouldn’t want to miss in Tbilisi. It is a pedestrian glass and steel bridge in a bow-shaped design that sits over the Mtkvari (Kura) river in Georgian capital.

Metekhi Church

Metekhi Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary is located in the ancient historical district of Metekhi, on the left bank of the Mtkvari River, in old Tbilisi.

Tbilisi sulphur bath

Historic bathhouses with pools of hot, sulfur-rich water, with optional private rooms & massage.

Rezo Gabriadze Puppet Theater

There is a small puppet theatre inside the tower and twice a day at noon and at 7pm you can see a show – “The Circle of Life”

Mount Mtatsminda and Funicular in Tbilisi

The funicular it’s very nice place to visit with friends, business meetings, family. It has great restaurant and great cafe place overlook the Tbilisi city.

Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi

The Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi commonly known as Sameba is the main cathedral of the Georgian Orthodox Church located in Tbilisi

Fabrica

Flanked by shops and eateries, this cool hostel with an artsy, industrial vibe is set in a former sewing factory.

Flea Market

The dry bridge market is a flea market that is located on the top and below the bridge, it is an open-air flea market

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