Georgia's ancient and vibrant capital city spreads out on both banks of the Mtkvari River, and is surrounded on three sides by mountains. The most widely accepted variant of the legend of Tbilisi's founding says that in the mid-5th century AD, King Vakhtang I Gorgasali was hunting in the heavily wooded region with a falcon. The King's falcon allegedly caught or injured a pheasant during the hunt, after which both birds fell into a nearby hot spring and died from burns. King Vakhtang became so impressed with the hot springs that he decided to cut down the forest and build a city. The name Tbilisi derives from the Old Georgian word "tbili", meaning warm. Archaeological studies of the region indicate human settlement in the area early as the 4th millennium BC.
Anchiskhati Church The Anchiskhati Basilica of St Mary is the oldest surviving church in Tbilisi dating from the 6th century. The church was named for an invaluable icon of the Savior which was once kept here and is now on display in the Treasury of the Georgian Art Museum.
Sioni Cathedral (7th century) is named after Mt. Zion in Jerusalem. It is considered one of the most sacred places in the country since it houses the holy cross of St. Nino, the young woman who converted Georgia to Christianity in the early 4th century.
Metekhi Church The extant Metekhi Church of Assumption, resting upon the top of the hill, was built by the Georgian king St Demetrius II circa 1278–1284 and is somewhat an unusual example of domed Georgian Orthodox church. The church has been destroyed many times by the enemy. During the Tsarist regime there was a prison there and in Soviet times Metekhi was used as a theatre. In was only in the late 1980s that the church was reconstructed again.
Narikala Fortress (4th century) is built on a steep hill overlooking the river and predates even the founding of the city itself. The Persian name Nari-Kala (“inaccessible fortress”) has proven apt throughout the long centuries of invasion and foreign domination, but today visitors are welcome to climb up and enjoy the superb views from the citadel walls.
Sulfur baths are one of the major attractions of Tbilisi. For many centuries baths were not only a place of cure and bathing, but also a significant place for communication. People have stayed here until the morning to discuss problems or share news. There were also luxurious baths for the princess, baths for gentlemen and officers, and baths for local inhabitants. Today, thanks to its healing properties, some baths converted into water treatment facilities. A few hours spent in the warm water source makes person feel better and get a lot of fun. Also, here you can visit the swimming pool or a massage.
Mtatsminda Park (Funicular)
Mtatsminda Park is an amusement facility located atop Mount Mtatsminda on 770 meter height overlooking the Georgian capital Tbilisi. It is the highest point in Tbilisi. Located on more than 100 hectares. Park has more than 100 years history. Mtatsminda Park is the most popular theme park in Tbilisi. It is the best choice for fun and relaxation. You can find various Cafes, Souvenirs shops, child entertainment center, wedding house, picnic zones, a big Ferris Wheel at the edge of the mountain, offering a splendid view over the city, funicular tram and other fun attractions on the venue. Fresh air, fascinating view of Tbilisi, fun rides, attractions, constant events, excellent customer service will let you relax, have fun and enjoy your free time with your friends and family members.
Rustaveli Avenue is the central avenue in Tbilisi named after the medieval Georgian poet Shota Rustaveli. Rustaveli is often considered the main thoroughfare of Tbilisi due to a large number of governmental, public, cultural, and business buildings that are located along or near the avenue. The former Parliament of Georgia building, the Opera House , the Rustaveli State Academic Theatre, the Georgian Academy of Sciences, Kashveti Church, National Museum of Georgia and some 5 star hotels are all located on Rustaveli.
Agmasheneli Avenue is named after the King of Georgia David IV the Builder (X-XI cc.) and is located in an historic district of Tbilisi close to the left embankment of the Mtkvari River. Much of the area was built by the German contractor Friederich Vezel in the 1880s. It is one of the most popular shopping streets in Tbilisi and recently underwent extensive restoration.
Open air museum of Ethnography Museum encompasses 14 ethnographic zones of Georgia: Kartli, Kakheti, Khevsureti, Samachablo, Javakheti, Meskheti, Imereti, Guria, Samegrelo, Svaneti, Lechkhumi, Adjara, Abkhazia, Racha
Tour Duration: 6-7 Hour
Recommended starting time: 10:00 am
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