September 14-15 2017 Courtyard Tbilisi
Tbilisi boasts 1,500 years of history, so it certainly has lots of things to offer. 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.
You can take a walking tour to see the city's historical sites. If you are keen to explore more of the country in the midst of the wine-harvesting season, visit Info-Tbilisi Travel and request the tour to your likes. Also you can use guided service to have a complete picture of the sights you want to visit. If you wish your memories stay with you forever just purchase some Georgian souvenirs for you and your friends from numerous stalls and shops in the city.
Here’s the list of Tbilisi’s most significant places:
Old TbilisiThe main sights of the city are clustered in the Old Tbilisi district. This area is well-known for its sulfur bathhouses fed by natural hot springs.
Nearby on Shardeni Street you will find plenty of modern, popular restaurants, open air café-bars, trendy night clubs and art galleries.
NarikalaNarikala Fortress can be seen from any point within Old Tbilisi. It was constructed for defense purposes in the 4th century and was considerably expanded over subsequent historical periods.
Rustaveli Avenue and Freedom SquareRustaveli Avenue begins at Freedom Square and extends about 1.5 kilometers. This is the center of the city, where many of the governmental, cultural and business facilities are located. Strolling down Rustaveli you can observe daily life in the city, explore shops from both international and local brands, and get something to eat.
FunicularThe Tbilisi Funicular is one of the finest examples of cable railways in the world. The railway leads to Mtatsminda- a beautiful leisure and amusement park overlooking the entire city.
“Dry bridge”The Dry Bridge is home to a famous flea market, where you can find art exhibitions and antique items for sale. Whether you're interested in Soviet memorabilia, handmade jewelry, or personal keepsakes- remember to haggle! Open daily in good weather from 10:00 - 17:00.
Agmashenebeli AvenueAgmashenebeli Avenue is one of the longest and most beautiful streets of the city. Here you can find gorgeous historic buildings, painted entryways and distinctive architectural ornaments.
Simon Janashia Museum of GeorgiaThe museum's origins date back to the 19th century. Today, the museum exhibits Georgia’s principal archaeological findings, thousands of artifacts of immense historical significance, animal remains dating back 40 million years, and archaeological and ethnographic collections from the Paleolithic, Neolithic, Bronze, Iron and Middle Ages.
Art Museum of GeorgiaLocated near Freedom Square, the Art Museum of Georgia is one of the most important museums in the country. There are approximately 140,000 items of art on display from various cultures and time periods.
Gabriadze TheaterFounded in 1981, it became the first Georgian puppet theater. The building is decorated with a magnificent clock tower which features a performance of figurines everyday at 12:00.
Holy Trinity CathedralThe Trinity (Sameba) Cathedral is one of the tallest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in the World. The cathedral complex includes an underground section and integrates nine chapels, various supplementary buildings, and beautiful gardens.
Although Tbilisi is not a big city, today you can find almost any type of transportation in the streets. Call a taxi by phone or stop it right at your doors and enjoy the most time-saving journey. Mini-buses can also take you to different destinations except for the downtown, while public buses moving slowly, extensively but peacefully take you from the heart of the city to the suburban areas. Metro as the cheapest and fastest journey-provider operates till late. Metro trains run every 2 to 5 minutes during rush hour and off-peak times. If you want to get more info about the public transportation, just check out: