Tbilisi – City Tour

Tbilisi – City Tour

   Sitting at the foot of the imposing hill capped by the Narikala Fortress and climbing the slopes is Tbilisi Old Town, a labyrinth of narrow streets where wooden balconies look down from old brick-build homes. Doorways lead to hidden courtyards an ancient vines climb to the skies using anything vertical for support.

   There are described some must see places in Tbilisi. Old Town is the recently renovated Abanotubani area, famous for its Sulphur Baths and Meidani square with its many restaurants. Old Town’s main artery is Kote Abkhazi Street (formerly Leselidze) which connect Meidani with Freedom Square. In the North East corner, between Leselidze and the river, is Chardeni, a small area backed with bars restaurants, nightclubs and cafes, shoulder to shoulder along a series of pedestrian streets. To the west, Old Town melts into Sololaki area, a lovely and fascinating place to wander around, take photographs and explore Tbilisi.

   The Mother Fortress, Narikala is an ancient symbol of Tbilisi’s defence. The fortress was established in the 4th century, around the period when the city itself was founded. Narikala offers some of the best panoramas of the city.

   Georgian National Museum. Maps the development of Georgia’s material culture from the Bronze Age to the early 20th century. The Treasury holds a stunning collection of intricate jewellery and artefacts wrought in gold and silver, dating back thousands of years. Other exhibits include some of the oldest human remains discovered outside Africa, the Homo Ergaster fossils found at Dmanisi. There is also a section dedicated to life during the Soviet Occupation.

   The Holy Trinity Cathedral. It is the main Georgian Orthodox Cathedral and is the third-tallest Eastern Orthodox Cathedral in the world.

   The Mtatsminda Pantheon of Writers and Public Figures was established in 1929. It is a necropolis on the slopes of Mount Mtatsminda (Holly Mountain) where some of Georgia’s most prominent artists, writers, scholars and national heroes are buried.