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Tbilisi

N 4141.401', E 4448.528'
2012-09-08
http://new.tbilisi.gov.ge
Our rating: 8.20
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At the time of our visit in September 2012 there was a large-scale reconstruction of touristic infrastructure in Tbilisi. The central part of the city completely changed.

Tbilisi is beautiful city, but we are sure that it will be much better after the  works are complete. In recent years, lots of modern buildings with unusual designs have appeared. Seems like Georgians invited some experts of light, because evening lights around Tbilisi and across the country are just amaizing.

Bridge of Peace
Bridge of Peace Yuriy Buriak

Tbilisi has everything for a good holiday. Large modern avenues, old city, cozy restaurants, even the fortress and the cableway in the downtown. The old city, however, is too old and crumbling. Although it has its own charm, it needs to be repaired.


Old city in Tbilisi
Old city in Tbilisi Yuriy Buriak

The part of the old city that is close to the river is already reconstructed. During the time spent in the city we didn't understand whether Tbilisi had a downtown. Many places look beautiful, especially after the reconstruction.

We spent here a day and a half. And now we're going to describe our route, it's pretty simple. You should start near the Rustaveli metro station. Here, on the square, stands a monument to Georgia's most famous poet.

Monument to Shota Rustaveli
Monument to Shota Rustaveli Yuriy Buriak


Building near the Rustaveli metro station
Building near the Rustaveli metro station Yuriy Buriak

Then move along the Rustaveli Avenue. It was founded in the 19th century by Prince Vorontsov. The avenue has always been a favorite place of the citizens. Here you can find the Parliament, the Academy of Sciences, the National Museum, Opera and Ballet Theatre, Theatre of Shota Rustaveli, Tbilisi Russian Drama Theatre named after Alexander Griboyedov and other architectural treasures.

Shota Rustaveli Avenue
Shota Rustaveli Avenue Yuriy Buriak


Gymnasium on the Shota Rustaveli Avenue
Gymnasium on the Shota Rustaveli Avenue Yuriy Buriak


Georgian parliament
Georgian parliament Yuriy Buriak


Shota Rustaveli Theatre
Shota Rustaveli Theatre Yuriy Buriak


Sculpture on the Shota Rustaveli Avenue
Sculpture on the Shota Rustaveli Avenue Yuriy Buriak


Sculpture in the wall on the Rustaveli Avenue
Sculpture in the wall on the Rustaveli Avenue Yuriy Buriak


Sculpture on the Shota Rustaveli Avenue
Sculpture on the Shota Rustaveli Avenue Yuriy Buriak


Mini market on the Shota Rustaveli Avenue
Mini market on the Shota Rustaveli Avenue Yuriy Buriak


Olive tree
Olive tree Yuriy Buriak


A bit of Ukraine in Georgia
A bit of Ukraine in Georgia Yuriy Buriak

The avenue ends at the Freedom Square with a Monument of Freedom in the center.

Monument of Freedom on the Freedom Square
Monument of Freedom on the Freedom Square Yuriy Buriak

After the Freedom Square you enter the old city. Here we walked everywhere and for a long time. You can use the map below to find the major sights. Although, as we've already mentioned, old city in Tbilisi should be visited not only at the tourist streets.

Map of the Tbilisi old city
Map of the Tbilisi old city tbilisiguide.ge


Marionette Theatre of Rezo Gabriadze
Marionette Theatre of Rezo Gabriadze Yuriy Buriak


Church in the old city
Church in the old city Yuriy Buriak


Old city in Tbilisi
Old city in Tbilisi Yuriy Buriak


Old city in Tbilisi
Old city in Tbilisi Yuriy Buriak


Old city in Tbilisi
Old city in Tbilisi Yuriy Buriak


Old city in Tbilisi
Old city in Tbilisi Yuriy Buriak


Old city in Tbilisi
Old city in Tbilisi Yuriy Buriak


Old city in Tbilisi
Old city in Tbilisi Yuriy Buriak


Someone lives in a tent right on the street.
Someone lives in a tent right on the street. Yuriy Buriak


Electricity meters hang right on the street.
Electricity meters hang right on the street. Yuriy Buriak


A Georgian treats wine.
A Georgian treats wine. Yuriy Buriak

After exploring the old city you will come to the Maidan Square, under the Nariqala Fortress. Here stands a big Machakhela restaurant (the menu can be found here). We visited it twice and recommend it. Despite the fact that the restaurant is quite popular with tourists, the food here is real, not like in tourist areas of Italy.

Previously, people walked to the fortress by foot. But in 2012 a cableway was opened. The bottom station is located in the Rike Park. After crossing the Kura river, first turn to the Metekhi Church and the King Vakhtang monument. Around the church you will find a viewpoint, which offers nice urban landscapes.

It is believed that a royal palace built by Vakhtang Gorgasali used to stand here. The church was built in the XII century and reached our days, despite numerous destructions.

Monument to Vakhtang Gorgasali and the Metekhi Church
Monument to Vakhtang Gorgasali and the Metekhi Church Yuriy Buriak


View of the Nariqala Fortress
View of the Nariqala Fortress Yuriy Buriak


Monument to Vakhtang Gorgasali
Monument to Vakhtang Gorgasali Yuriy Buriak


Tbilisi
Tbilisi Yuriy Buriak


Yuriy Buriak


Nariqala Fortress
Nariqala Fortress Yuriy Buriak

We used the cableway twice, during the daytime and in the evening. In the evening the number of people in the queue can be pretty large, consider this fact. The top station offers the best views of Tbilisi.

Cableway to the Nariqala Fortress
Cableway to the Nariqala Fortress Yuriy Buriak


Old city in Tbilisi
Old city in Tbilisi Yuriy Buriak


View of the Tbilisi downtown from the Nariqala Fortress
View of the Tbilisi downtown from the Nariqala Fortress Yuriy Buriak


Tbilisi
Tbilisi Yuriy Buriak


Panorama of Tbilisi from the Nariqala Fortress
Panorama of Tbilisi from the Nariqala Fortress Yuriy Buriak


View of Tbilisi from the top station of the cableway
View of Tbilisi from the top station of the cableway Yuriy Buriak


View of Tbilisi from the top station of the cableway
View of Tbilisi from the top station of the cableway Yuriy Buriak

Here you can also find the Nariqala Fortress. The year of its construction is unknown, but the fortress is quite old.

Nariqala Fortress
Nariqala Fortress Yuriy Buriak

We went down on foot and looked at the reconstructed part of the old city and sulphur baths.

Reconstructed part of the old city near the Nariqala Fortress
Reconstructed part of the old city near the Nariqala Fortress Yuriy Buriak


Abanotubani sulphur baths
Abanotubani sulphur baths Yuriy Buriak

The Holy Trinity Temple (Tsminda Sameba) is visible from the top. Unfortunately, we had no time to visit it. This is one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world, with a height of 98 meters and a capacity of 15,000 people.

Holy Trinity Cathedral
Holy Trinity Cathedral Yuriy Buriak

Then we walked in the new Rike Park and along the Kura river.

Huge grand piano in the Rike Park
Huge grand piano in the Rike Park Yuriy Buriak


Light and music fountain in the Rike Park
Light and music fountain in the Rike Park Yuriy Buriak

The most interesting object here is the Peace Bridge that connects the banks of the Kura river. It was created by the Italian designer and equipped with thousands of lights, which makes it look gorgeous at night. After talking to the locals we found out that the citizens were not happy with the bridge for the first time. After all, it's too different from the city's arhitecture. But we liked it :)

Bridge of Peace
Bridge of Peace Yuriy Buriak


On the Bridge of Peace
On the Bridge of Peace Yuriy Buriak

If you have time, you can go to the Mtatsminda amusement park, which is located on the hill with a TV tower. Despite the apparent closeness of the park, it's located pretty far away. In 2013, a funicular from the Chonkadze Street to the park was opened. You can also drive to the park by bus #90 from the Rustaveli Avenue. We took a taxi. In the park we walked around the territory and took a ride on the Ferris wheel.

Besides the amusement park, there are several historical sites here. And of course excellent views of the city open from several viewpoints.

Mtatsminda Park
Mtatsminda Park Yuriy Buriak


Ferris wheel in the Mtatsminda Park
Ferris wheel in the Mtatsminda Park Yuriy Buriak


View of Tbilisi from the Ferris wheel
View of Tbilisi from the Ferris wheel Yuriy Buriak


View of Tbilisi from the Ferris wheel
View of Tbilisi from the Ferris wheel Yuriy Buriak


Yuriy Buriak


Tbilisi
Tbilisi Yuriy Buriak

Our walk in Tbilisi is finished. It's easy for us to get here, so we're planning to return in the future. And on the next photos are Georgian cats. You will meet them at every turn.

Tbilisi cat
Tbilisi cat Yuriy Buriak


There's a lot of cats in Tbilisi.
There's a lot of cats in Tbilisi. Yuriy Buriak


Tbilisi cat
Tbilisi cat Yuriy Buriak


Yuriy Buriak


Tbilisi cats
Tbilisi cats Yuriy Buriak


Yuriy Buriak

More photos of Tbilisi

Modern building in the botanical garden
Modern building in the botanical garden Yuriy Buriak


Casinos are still allowed in Georgia.
Casinos are still allowed in Georgia. Yuriy Buriak


Presidential Palace
Presidential Palace Yuriy Buriak


Let there be light!
Let there be light! Yuriy Buriak


Map of Tbilisi
Map of Tbilisi legi@caucasus.net

Useful links:
http://tbilisiguide.ge/w/tourist_routes.php: Several maps of tourist routes in Tbilisi with description
http://www.tbilisi.gov.ge/index.php?lang_id=RUS&sec_id=4037: Description of the transport in Tbilisi (right now only in Georgian and Russian, so use Google Translate).
http://www.info-tbilisi.com: Tbilisi portal, information about exhibitions, concerts, and more.
http://www.zoo.ge: Zoo
http://www.circus.ge: Circus
http://www.park.ge: Bombora Park
http://www.safespace-tbilisi.com: Parks of Tbilisi
http://www.astrapark.ge:Astra park entertainment center
http://www.maidan.ge: Meydani restaurant
http://www.museum.ge: Ethnographic Museum

Getting there: By plane to the Tbilisi International Airport. From the airport, you can reach the city by train (runs rarely), by bus #37 (but you need to have the coins of 50 tetri), or by taxi ($15-20).


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