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After reading this review, you will learn about the best sights in Tbilisi – architectural and historical monuments, entertainment centers and natural masterpieces. We will tell you about everything that every tourist should see in Tbilisi.
What to see in Tbilisi first of all?
When compiling our rating “interesting places in Tbilisi”, we took into account the reviews and recommendations of the hospitable local population, travelers and experienced guides. In our common opinion, your trip to this hospitable city should certainly include a trip to the following objects:
1. Narikala Fortress
View of the Narikala fortress with the Church of St. Nicholas on Mount Mtatsminda in Tbilisi
The most ancient architectural monument of the Georgian capital. The date of construction is not known for certain, but it is established that the fortress already existed in the 4th century. It got its present form in 1827: the city authorities carried out the reconstruction of the old defensive structure, which was badly damaged by the earthquake. You can visit such sights of Tbilisi as Narikala Fortress absolutely free of charge. Incredible panoramas open up from the top level of the building.
2. Tbilisi Old Town
The historical part of Tbilisi, built in the 12th century at the foot of Mtatsminda
What should every guest of the city visit in Tbilisi? Its “heart” with small winding cobbled streets and ancient houses. It is here that you can touch Georgian history and feel its true spirit.
3. Rustaveli Avenue
The most front street in Tbilisi George Nikoladze
The central street, along which guides in Tbilisi are advised to walk without fail. There are numerous cultural and architectural sights of the capital: the temple of Kavsheti, the cinema named after. Shota Rustaveli, the State Parliament and the Vorontsov Palace. Here you can also find the best hotels in Tbilisi, such as Marriott (occupied the majestic building of the former Majestic Hotel).
4. Tsminda Sameba Complex
Cathedral of the Holy Trinity on the territory of the Tsminda Sameba complex on the hill of St. Elijah in Tbilisi
The date of construction of the cathedral, which belongs to the Orthodox Church of Georgia, is 1995. Most of the financial resources for the creation of the temple were donated by volunteers. As part of a modern complex: a beautiful cathedral, the residence of the patriarch, a seminary and a monastery for parishioners.
5. Zion Cathedral
Sioni Cathedral on the banks of the Kura River in Tbilisi
It is located in Old Tbilisi and is perfectly visible from any side of the capital. The main value of the cathedral is the cross of St. Nino, created from a vine and intertwined with the hair of a great martyr. With him, the saint brought the Christian faith to the lands of Georgia.
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6. Metekhi Temple
Bronze equestrian statue of the founder of Tbilisi Vakhtang Gorgasali on the rocky ledge of the Metekhi temple
The building is located in the central part of the city, on a cliff. The date of construction is the 13th century. Over the long history of existence, the church has been repeatedly destroyed and reconstructed. Now it is in the form in which it was recreated in the 16th century. This is a vivid example of the temple architecture of Georgia – without unnecessary decor and with laconic forms. If you don't know what to see in Tbilisi in 1 day, but are passionate about history and architecture, come here.
7. Anchiskhati Church
Anchiskhati Basilica (Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary) of the 6th century AD in Old Tbilisi
Date of construction – 6th century. This is one of the oldest temples in the country, which has survived to our time. During the reign of Soviet power, the church was converted into a museum complex and an art workshop. Today, ancient icons are kept here, and a famous Georgian choir gives performances.
8. Necropolis on Mount Mtatsminda
Pantheon of writers and public figures of Georgia on the slope of Mount Mtatsminda
The burial place of the most influential and famous people of the state: artists, national heroes, poets, scientists. The ashes of Gamsakhurdia, the first president of Georgia, are buried here. The construction of the necropolis began on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Griboyedov's death in 1929.
9. Mother of Kartli Monument
Monument of Mother Kartli on the top of Sololaki hill Daibo Taku
The 20-meter-high monument is located near the fortress. It was installed on the day of the celebration of the 1.5 millennium of the Georgian capital. The monument symbolizes the readiness of Tbilisi to repel the attacks of enemies: in one hand of the Mother of Georgia – a sword, and to meet friends in peace: in the other hand – a cup of wine.
10. Monument “History of Georgia”
The grandiose memorial “History of Georgia” by Z. Tsereteli on the Tbilisi Sea mischvalente
The majestic composition is included in all lists of “the main sights of Georgia“. Tsereteli worked on its creation for almost two decades. Each of the 16 huge columns of the monument tells its own legend related to the traditions of the Bible or the history of the state. In addition, the complex includes: statues of the wise men, the temple and the cross of St. Nino.
11. Freedom Square and Monument
City buildings and the statue of St. George on Freedom Square in Tbilisi
The formation of the square began in the 19th century. During the Soviet Union period, the old buildings were demolished and the area got a new look. The modern square attracts attention with its numerous government and administrative institutions. In addition, it was included in our rating of “the best sights of Tbilisi” thanks to a 30-meter monument (a composition of the statue of St. George and a high column).
12. Monument to the heroes of the film Mimino
Sculptural group of characters from the film “Mimino” Divot
Another great masterpiece of the legendary Tsereteli. The monument was created by the sculptor 7 years ago – initially it was supposed to decorate the capital of Russia. The purpose of the sculptural group is to demonstrate friendly relations between the Russian Federation, Armenia and Georgia (according to the head of the city at the opening of the monument).
13. Flea market near the Dry Bridge
A variety of goods at the flea market near the Dry Bridge in Tbilisi shankar s.
Where to go in Tbilisi for fans of shopping and successful purchases? To the local flea market, especially appreciated by lovers of art and antiquity. There are many different little things on offer. However, among them you can find and buy real rarities “for a penny”. Goods popular with tourists: candlesticks, ancient coins, national decorations with enamel, records.
14. Georgian Opera and Ballet Theatre. Paliashvili
The main entrance to the Georgian Opera and Ballet Theatre. Paliashvili on Rustaveli Avenue henribergius
The first opera building was built back in the 19th century, focusing on the best scenes in Europe. Unfortunately, the fire destroyed it. The current mansion, which is considered today the center of culture of Tbilisi, also has a solid and remarkable appearance. The best performers and ballet troupes of the country give their performances here.
Official website: http://www.opera.
15. Georgian National Museum
Exposition in one of the halls of the Georgian National Museum Mostafameraji
Even if you are not a fan of walking around museums, you should definitely visit this complex. The spacious exhibition halls present unique and diverse specimens: human skulls, objects from the time of the occupation of the USSR, guns, clothes, ancient coins and banknotes, jewelry, jugs, etc. Not all excursions in Tbilisi are as exciting as a guided tour of this building. You will learn many interesting facts about the history of the city and all of Georgia.
Official website: http://museum.
16. Niko Pirosmani Museum
Roe deer near the stream – a painting by the outstanding Georgian artist Niko Pirosmani Francisco Anzola
The famous self-taught artist from Georgia, Nikolai Pirosmanishvili, became famous throughout the world for his creations in the spirit of primitivism. Therefore, it is not surprising that the local authorities decided to organize a whole museum in his honor. The complex with 16 works of the master was opened in 1982. In addition to the works of Niko himself, paintings by other painters are exhibited here.
17. Rezo Gabriadze Puppet Theater
Theater clock tower near the Rezo Gabriadze puppet theater on one of the streets of Old Tbilisi
One of the most visited theaters in the capital impresses with its beauty inside and out. Twice a day, a free mini-performance is given on the tower of the building. In addition, every hour an angel with golden wings beats the bell here. Let’s say right away that it’s quite difficult to get a ticket here – it’s worth booking it in advance, at least a couple of weeks before visiting Tbilisi.
Official website: http://gabriadze.com /
18. Puppet Museum
Antique European dolls of the 19th century in the Museum of Dolls
Opening date – 1937. The project was organized by T. Tumanishvili, a writer for children. For about 15 years in a row, the complex did not work, but in 2008 it reopened its doors with an updated and expanded collection of dolls from around the world.
Official website: http://tbilisimuseumsunion< /p>
19. Tbilisi Ethnographic Museum
Megrelian “House of Sayalabo” of the 19th century in the Tbilisi Open Air Ethnographic Museum Kris Duda
The attraction is located near the Turtle Lake, so it is very loved by tourists and locals. On the vast museum square, you can look at the household items of Georgians and their former national houses. In addition, guests are invited to taste real local wine and purchase samples they like.
Official website: http://museum.
20. Sulfur baths ( Abanotubani)
Entrance to the Royal Bath on Grishashvili Street in Abanotubani in the center of Tbilisi Marcin KonsekSulfur springs were on the territory even before the creation of the city. According to one of the legends, the prince of Georgia shot a bird that fell into these springs and boiled there. This gave the name of the area – “Tbilisi” (i.e. warm). Everyone is invited to visit the baths – there are public and individual sources. If you have no desire to enjoy water procedures, it is worth coming here for a walk through the domes.
Official website: http://www.chreli-abano
Sights of Tbilisi: what else to visit in Tbilisi?
We told you about the main sights of Tbilisi briefly. However, the list of fascinating places and objects of the capital does not end there:
21. Tbilisi Botanical Garden
Arched bridge over the waterfall on the territory of the Tbilisi Botanical Garden
On a rather impressive territory there are about 3.5 thousand unique and popular plants. The cost of visiting is minimal. After visiting the botanical garden, you can go to the nearby Narikala Fortress.
Official website: https://conference.nbgg.
22. Turtle Lake
Turtle Lake is a popular place to relax on the northern slope of Mount Mtatsminda
Despite the fact that the size of the source is small, there are always many guests near the lake. The pond attracts with the surrounding dense forest, playgrounds and sports grounds, jogging tracks, cafes and a beach. You can rent a catamaran. A skiable road leads directly to the natural attraction.
23. Rike Park
View of the Rike Park with the Peace Bridge on the left bank of the Mtkvari in Tbilisi
One of the most beautiful urban park areas. The area is well equipped: there are benches and benches, fountains and paved paths. It is proposed to take the cable car to the botanical garden and Narikala fortress.
24. Tbilisi Funicular
The funicular car connects the center of Tbilisi with the upper park on Mount Mtatsminda Jonathan Cardy
Using the funicular, you can arrive at the Mtatsminda entertainment complex in a short time. On the way, you can observe incredible panoramas of the Georgian capital. Also, look at the St. David and the Pantheon of Writers. The way back can also be done by funicular or on foot – there is a well-trodden path leading to the central part of Tbilisi.
25. Bombora Amusement Park
The character of the Georgian fairy tale Bombora at the entrance to Kober Amusement Park
Bombora amusement and amusement park decorated in fantasy style by DDohler
Children's entertainment center, which should be visited by the whole family. There is no need to pay an entrance to the complex, you can freely walk around the territory. However, please note that rides on the rides themselves are offered for a fee. The attraction, named after the fairy-tale character, is open all year round. But during the winter months, some attractions do not run. However, a beautiful ice rink appears. A cozy cafe called Funicular is open on the territory – from its large windows you can see the beauty of the whole city.
Official website: https://park.ge/ru
< h3> 26. Cableway
View of the old rooftops of the city and the Kura River from the top platform of the cable car – Sololaki Hill
For local residents, the cable car is an efficient and comfortable way to move around different parts of Tbilisi. Despite the fact that the duration of the construction is short, it always has enough guests. The lower part of the road is Rike Park. It should be noted that the capital has a common public transport fare system – a special card that you purchase to travel around Canada can also be used in the local metro.
27. Peace Bridge
Modern steel and glass Mira pedestrian bridge over the Kura River in Tbilisi Alexxx Malev
The central architectural value of the Georgian capital. You can see her image on many local souvenirs. A large-scale transparent construction unites the new districts of the city and Old Tbilisi. In the evening hours it is illuminated by three tens of thousands of lamps. An interesting point: using Morse code, these bulbs convey a message with all the elements of the periodic table that are in the body of people.
We hope that those sights of Tbilisi, the photos with the names and descriptions of which we have now presented to you, aroused your interest. If possible, be sure to visit them.
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