Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia and one of the most ancient cities of the world, was called so because of hot sulphur springs (Georgian “tbili” means “warm”). It is a relatively undiscovered travel destination with breathtaking panoramas and a varied history, reflected in its architecture, which is a mix of medieval, classical, and Soviet structures. This surprisingly picturesque city has an image of harmonically incorporated ancient and modern times. Next to the streets, which have a modern European view, with narrow and winding streets, oriental alleys and little squares with cosy restaurants. With its warm-hearted people, Tbilisi will give you a journey into humanity and kindness. It is a place you will not regret visiting. Enjoy our Top 7 Things To Do In Tbilisi.
Rustaveli Avenue – Rustaveli Avenue is Tbilisi’s main thoroughfare and a must-see destination for anyone staying in the city. It’s also the location of Rose Revolution Square, filled with shops, cafes, museums and vendors of all kinds. Rustaveli is home to a large number of governmental, public, cultural, and business buildings. The Parliament of Georgia, Kashveti Church, the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre, the Rustaveli State Academic Theater, the Rustaveli Museum, and the Georgian Academy of Sciences are all located on Rustaveli.
Thermal Baths in Abanotubani – The baths became a draw of the city at the height of the Silk Road, when there were 63 baths back in the day. Also, during the period of the Russian Empire, when the baths of Abanotubani saw famous bathers like Pushkin and Dumas, there were 10. Today there are five baths with different comfort levels. These baths, over 1500 years old, are also a great place to get a massage while relaxing to really experience the true package of the baths here. You can enjoy both the public baths and go local or you can also have your own private bath for a bit extra. This bath district is easy to find on the south side of the Metekhi Bridge. It offers several small baths
Narikala Fortress – The Holy Mountain Mtatsminda hosts the fragments of ancient Narikala fortress overlooking Tbilisi. It is the most known and ancient monument of Tbilisi’s antiquity; the townspeople call it “the heart and soul of the city”. The fortress was established in the 4th century as Shuris-tsikhe (Invidious Fort). The Mongols later renamed it Narin Qala (Little Fortress). Wear your hiking shoes and climb up the hill, the great scenery when you reach the summit is worth it. Make sure you walk around the fortress and the Orthodox church located inside.
Old Tbilisi – Tbilisi Old Town is the historic district of the capital of Georgia. Although the city has been destroyed and rebuilt some 29 times, the layout of the Old Town is largely intact with narrow alleys and big crooked houses built around courtyards. It is the ideal place to go for a taste of Georgia’s history.
Mother Georgia Sculpture – The statue is located outside of Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, and can be seen for miles around. While the statue is named The Mother of Georgia she is also referred to as Kartilis Deda and is located on top of Sololaki Mountain.
Sameba Cathedral – This magnificent building with grandiose architecture stands on a hilltop of St. Elijah, in the heart of the city. Sameba Cathedral (the Holy Trinity) cathedral can accommodate 15,000 people at the same time. Its height reaches 78 meters (255 ft) so the temple is perfectly visible from any point of the city. The Trinity Cathedral is the largest cathedral in Georgia.
Paliashvili Opera House – This great Opera House is the home of the Georgian State Ballet and Opera Companies. Very oriental in its construction the interior gives leaves you in no doubt that, although tucked away in a small country, this is one of the world’s leading opera houses. The architecture of the opera house, although modern, shows very well how Georgia is a bridge between Middle East, Asia, Western Europe and Eastern Europe.
Just So You Know…
- Technically Georgia is located in Eurasia, but its own people describe it in a very lovely way, it’s the balcony of Europe.
- Spoken Georgian is like no other language, it belongs to its own ancient linguistic group and includes rare sounds that many visitors may never have heard before.
- Visit a local wine cellar to learn about the history of Georgian winemaking. Vinotheca is one of the many cellars that offers tastings, while the atmosphere at Wine Bar Khareba is perfect for relaxing evening tipple.
- Buy some souvenirs at the Dry Bridge Market, with large selection antiques, silverware, jewelry and china.
- Eat Khinkali (a delicious dumpling) and Adjaruli khachapuri, filled with melted cheese and topped with a runny egg, this flatbread is best eaten hot—tear off the crust and dunk it in the well of cheese and egg.
- go paddle boating at the Turtle Lake.
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