Tbilisi takes its name from the sulphuric hot springs found in the area along the Kura River, which, according to the legend, was the reason why the founder, King Vakhtang I Gorgasali, decided to build the city there. Since then Tbilisi has been the political and cultural centre of Georgia and is now a rapidly evolving city, spearheading the development of the whole country.
The capital of Georgia is a multicultural city where different religions, cultures and architectural styles, ancient and modern, coexist and thrive. Orthodox and Catholic churches stand alongside synagogues and mosques, while old ruins like the Narikala fortress watch the modern, marvellous architecture of the Bridge of Peace. Old sites, like the sulphur baths, visited by the likes of Pushkin and Dumas, are paired with new landmarks, constantly evolving and changing Tbilisi's cityscape into an original and intriguing blend of fascinating history and modern architecture.
Tbilisi is a city where you will always find something new to discover, be it an impressive monument, a little restaurant around the corner, a traditional bar with exquisite wine or simply the immensely rich, thousand-year old Georgian culture and tradition, coupled with the warmest hospitality you can find.
Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, this charming little church overlooks the city from a steep cliff on the left bank of the river Kura. Throughout its history the church was destroyed and rebuilt several times and is now one of the most important landmarks of Tbilisi. Outside the church stands the equestrian statue of King Vakhtang Gorgasali, the city's founder.
This ancient fortress sits on top of a hill right next to the National Botanical Garden and enjoys an unrivalled view over the city. For this reason it had been a key strategic point in the city's defence for many centuries, until it was almost destroyed in an earthquake in 1827. Visitors can reach the fortress on foot or with the new cable car from Rike Park.
Tbilisi Pub Crawls
Meet a group of party animals at the Fabrika Hostel and get ready to revel in the craziest pub tour in Tbilisi. For just 50 GEL (15 €), you will get unlimited wine, food and shots, discover the local bars, and finish in the coolest disco in town. It is a really fun, exciting experience and you and your friends should definitely join.
Good to know
The TTC (Tbilisi Transport Company) runs the public transport services, which work reasonably well, providing a network of metro, buses and cable car.
The metro line operates on two routes and covers all the major areas of the city. Trains run every 5 minutes and allow you to travel very quickly around the city centre.
A large, efficient bus network enables tourists and locals to travel around the city without spending much money: tickets cost about 0,50 GEL and you can purchase them both from the machines and by charging your smartcard (the smartcard will cost you around 2 GEL and can be found at the metro stations).
For an alternative, unique way of travelling through Tbilisi, join a ride on the brand new funicular up to Mount Mtatsminda and the modern, 360-degree cable car, from Rike Park up to the gorgeous Narikala Fortress. Both of the journeys are quite cheap and will cost you only a few Lari, so take advantage of seeing the city from another, marvellous point of view.
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