What to see in Tbilisi
The answer could be to the ridiculous simple and unequivocal, if it were not as a result of this unfolded. Because to say "walk and watch" or "Get acquainted with the real Georgian cuisine" can not. Staying in Tbilisi in some incomprehensible way combines these two tourist attitudes, provoking on the opening of the third, fourth, and so on.
Why go to Tbilisi
Tbilisi – the capital of a small, but very ancient country. Colchida – so called these places in the ancient times – it is mentioned in Greek myths. Of course, Tbilisi in that epoch was not yet. But this one of the most vintage cities in the world has passed a long and drill historical path.
You need to go to Tbilisi for the flavor of life, which is not anywhere in the world.
Museums, ancient churches, theaters, the streets of the old city, fortresses and palaces, avenues and squares, parks and city courtyards – nothing, if you do not feel and not take the heart of the Georgian Spirit. From Soviet times, the shuffling jokes about Georgian market traders, wonderful toasts and infinitely beautiful chants.
And famous Georgian feast? They were legends about them! In fact, everything is exactly so. In Tbilisi, you will windowate in the real whirlpool, the breadthup and the holiday of life.
It’s warm here. No climatic conditions. Tbilisi – essentially warm city. It even in the title is laid: "Tbili" – "Warm" translated from Georgian.
And how not to love warm good soul, warm attitude to the guest? Tbilisi has a warm soul.
Nature endowed Georgians such a sharp thirst for life, the ability to rejoice in every day. In any case, as 30 years ago, I did not leave me a feeling that some kind of peculiar performance is unfolding around me: bright, emotional, hot and sharp. And when all this emotional component is imposed on the impressions of walks on the old town, visits to museums and temples, trips outside the city, say that you are in a fairy tale – nothing to say. You want to go here more often and more often.
I just list the places in which the guest of Tbilisi, in my opinion, should go, and then offer the route, the one I myself always walked in the center of the Georgian capital. You note for yourself what you especially will be interested in, and amount to your plan for Tbilisi.
Avenue Shota Rustaveli
Planes are planted on both sides of the Avenue. They help pedestrians to separate themselves from the roadway, according to which transport is actively moving, and focus on a walk.
If you go on the avenue from the Rustaveli subway, then the first thing is to come to the building of the Academy of Sciences of Georgia. Pompous structure in the style of Stalin Ampira was built in 1953. Now between the columns of the main facade, every day is traded by souvenirs.
On Rustaveli Avenue there are five Tbilisi theaters: the Pantomime Theater them. Shalikashvili, Opera and Ballet Theater. Paliashvili, theater them. Shota Rustaveli, our Drama Theater. Griboedov, the theater of the hand shadow "Budroughan".
Modern Art Museum
- Open every day, except Tuesday, from 11:00 to 18:00
- Ticket – 8 Lari
- Site: Momatbilisi.GE
Museum of History of Georgia them. Simon Janashia
- Works daily, except Monday, from 10:00 to 18:00
- ticket – 7 lari
- Site: Museum.GE
Museum of Art of Georgia
- Works daily, except Monday, from 10:00 to 18:00
- Ticket – 3 Lari
- Site: Museum.GE
- Open every day, except Monday, from 10:00 to 18:00
- ticket – 7 lari
- Site: Museum.GE
Georgian National Museum
- Open daily, except Monday, from 10:00 to 18:00
- ticket – 7 lari
- Site: Museum.GE
From the main architectural beauties it is worth highlighting:
- The building of the former officer meeting (During my youth – the house of the officers is close),
- Vorontsov Palace (in Soviet times – Palace of Pioneers, now the Palace of Youth),
- Old Building of the Parliament of Georgia (Currently, the country’s parliament meets in Kutaisi),
- Church of Casveti.
On Prospekt, the incisteble number of cafes and restaurants, shops and boutiques. But just walk through the Avenue Shota Rustaveli – already wonderful.
Pantheon on Mtazmond
The most famous people of Georgia are buried here, among which the writer Ilya Chavchavadze, the poets of Akaki Tsereteli, Vazha Pshavel, Galaktion Tabidze, Nikolosis Baratashvili, Artists Sergo Zabariadze, Vakhtang Chabukyani.
You can climb the pantheon on the funicule.
Return to the station is simple: From the old parliament building, you need to turn right and go up on April 9, without turning anywhere. When you rush into the street d. Choncadze, which crosses your way, turn right. After a few meters you will see a funicular station. The funicular rises to the very top of Mtazminda. Pantheon – in the middle of the way, there is a stop.
The cost of one pass – 2 lari.
The funicular works daily – from 11:00 to 23:00.
Central Square of the city. Rustaveli Avenue begins from her.
In the center of the square at a high pedestal is gilded Statue of St. George Victorious. This is a sculpture of work Zuraba Tsereteli. On the square there is a building of the Tbilisi City Hall. Also many hotels and restaurants.
This area is important to us that it is possible to go to residential areas of old Tbilisi and see their beauty and uniqueness in the natural environment.
To do this, coming to the square from Rustaveli Avenue, do not cross it, and go along the right side and turn to any alley right. You can, go Square and go down to Kura on Pushkin Street. Closer to the waterfront you will see the building of the famous Puppet Theater Roller Gabyadze.
The fortress looks at the center of Tbilisi from time immemorial from the top of the MTCMINDA.
The exact date of construction of the fortress of historians cannot be established, but it is known that it has already existed to IV century. The fortress was repeatedly rebuilt. Today’s condition – the result of the explosion of the powder warehouse in 1827. Repeatedly the fortress tried to restore, but so far unsuccessfully.
From the observation deck there is a stunning view of the city on the one hand and at the Botanical Garden on the other.
The fortress was open around the clock. Free admission.
How to get:
- walk from the embankment chicken. The building of the Tbilisi Archaeological Museum needs to be bypassed from the right side, go out to the street Samgbro, turn right, and go to the intersection with Orbiri Street. This street is poured into a sickness on the left side. In orbiri go, without turning anywhere. It will lead you straight to the fortress.
- on the cable car from Park Rica. Travel worth 1 lari by metro rig.
Founded in 1845 on the site of ancient gardens belonging to the kings of Georgia. Find easy: It is located immediately when you leave the fortress.
In the Garden Collection – 3500 species of rare plants. In the center of the garden there is a gorge where a waterfall falls from a high mountain, over which arched bridge.
Walk along the garden paths – a great opportunity to breathe fresh air and relax from urban noise.
Botanical Garden opens its gate daily from 9:00 to 20:00.
Entrance – 2 lari.
Sulfur Baths in Abanotubani
By legend, Tsar Vakhtang Gorgasal hunted in these places. Phazan fell into the source and wreked in him. Tsar ordered to build a city in this place.
Archaeologists found in the quarter of Abanotubani Bani I-II BB. with pools and the wise system of ceramic pipes. Baths rebuilt, the complex has grown. The current quarter of Abanotubani consists of a bathroom building buildings built in the period from XVII to the XIX century.
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You will not pass by bath, if you go down on foot from the Fortress of the Narikala or Botanical Garden to the Embankment Chicken.
Park Rica and Palace of Queen Daredzhan
Rica Park appeared in Tbilisi not so long ago, in 2010.
30 years ago, at this place was simply an extensive embankment, on which from the center of Tbilisi could be hit by the Bridge of Nikolos Bratashvili. The place was called "Sands" ("Rica"). At the beginning of the 20th century, the chickens strongly raised. On the shore there is a lot of sand and sludge, hence the name.
Now smashed the park with green labyrinths, fountains, playgrounds, art objects. With the opposite shore of chickens park connected new Bridge of Mira, Another attraction of today’s Tbilisi.
Closer to the metech temple over Rica Park you will see Palace of Queen Daredzhan. More precisely, what remains from him. These are balconies towers. Daredzhan was the wife of the last king of Kartli Kakheti Irakli II.
Palace became the attraction of the city immediately after the construction. The history of Georgian independence ended with the death of the king. Palace waited for sad fate. Now he is renovated, a female monastery is located in his walls. View of the Palace of the Embankment and from Park Rica is beautiful.
Metekh temple and monument to Vakhtang Gorgasalu
It is possible that the first temple in this place was built at the founder of Tbilisi Vakhtang Gorgasale. It is likely that the royal palace was near. The first documentary mention of the temple refers to the XII century. There are documents claiming that Tamara prayed to Metera.
For a long history, the meteke temple has survived the destruction and restoration several times, managed to visit the prison and theater. Today, meteers restored and transferred to the Georgian Orthodox Church. Since 1967, a monument to the king of Vakhtang Gorgasalu has been treated next to the temple. Place next to the pedestal – great observation deck.
It is difficult to call a landmark, since this is a whole area with a completely independent story. This area has been settled by Armenians.
From the most interesting places here should be noted Ancient Armenian church, main Georgian temple sameaba, Built in the early XXI century, Presidential Palace, Avlabar Bazaar.
You can get to Avlabari on the subway (station "Avlabari") and on foot from the metech temple. From the chickens to the left of the temple a little up the metek lifting. Go on it, he will withdraw you right in Avlabari.
Cathedral of Sion
Legend says that he founded his Vakhtang Gorgasal in the V century. After two hundred years he was demolished by Arabs, and in the XII century King David Builder built a cathedral anew. Ziony survived all the shocks that fell to the share of Tbilisi, and survived. In the early 80s. Last century, the temple was renovated.
Cathedral of Sion – the burial place of several Georgian kings, church hierarchs. From the relics stored in the cathedral, it is worth highlighting Head of the Holy Apostle Thomas and Cross of Holy Nina.
There is a Zion temple on the banks of the chicken, not far from the world bridge.
It is in its place from the VI century. Initially dedicated to Christmas Virgin Mary, received his current name in 1675, when the Church was postponed by the Anchi icon of the Savior (Ancholhati). The church was destroyed and restored.
In the middle of the last century, the cathedral was renovated, returning him the appearance of the XVII century.
Ancheshati you will find near the theater of puppets Rube Gabyadze.
Avenue David Agmashenebeli
In Soviet times, I wore the name of the revolutionary Plekhanov. It was a non-erased prospect, very cozy and respectable. Today he is renovated and became more comfortable.
David Agmashenebeli is King David IV Builder, one of the most famous Georgian monarchs.
No wonder his name is assigned to this street, because here a huge number of just beautiful vintage buildings. Building Avenue occurred during the XIX century. This atmosphere has a prospectus and retained.
All avenue is built up with low old houses, including many historical buildings of profitable houses. It is extremely pleasant here, on the avenue calm and intenno. It is worth entering the courtyards to see the famous tiers of Georgian balconies with its own eyes.
Sights of Prospekt:
- Theater named. Kote Martzhanishvili,
- our Theater of the Young Spectator. Nodar Dumbadze,
- Theater of the musical comedy them. Vaso Abashidze,
- House Museum of the famous artist Ballet Vakhtanga Chabukiani,
- Film Studio "Georgia-film",
- Building of the Cinema "Apollo" in the style of Modern.
You can get to Agmashenebeli avenue on the subway (Martzhanishvili station) or on foot from the center. I’ll tell you about it in my walking route.
If you arrived in Tbilisi in the summer, know that in the very center of the country you can greatly relax in the water. Few of tourists know about the existence of the Tbilisi Sea. It is, of course, no sea, it is a reservoir in the northern part of the city. In the summer – this is a favorite place of rest of Tbilisse.
Clean water, relatively equipped beaches, mountain air and Caucasian sun – what else needs?
You can reach the Tbilisi Sea so: Metro Station "GMAGEL", From there by bus No. 60 or № 111 From the railway station.
Walking route in Tbilisi
I suggest you to go through that in my youth I loved to walk through the center of Tbilisi.
To do this, at the metro station "Marjanishvili" stand back to her, go prospect of David the Builder, and go down the street Mardzhanishvili. Soon you will see Bridge Galaktion Tabidze.
Turn left and walk along the embankment of the Kura. You pass by Griboyedov monument. Ahead seem Saarbrücken (Dry Bridge). If you go to the other side, the right side of the bridge you will see Open-air museum.
It is something like the antique market. He works every day from 10:30 to 17:00. Against Park "Deda Ena" ("Native language").
Further along the promenade you reach the bridge Nikoloz Baratashvili. You can go on to the park Rica, and you can cross the bridge and the street Baratashvili rise to Freedom Square, from her walk through the old quarters or exit Rustaveli avenue.
If you have chosen the path through the Rica Park, then on the other bank of the Kura go to Metekhi bridge. Slightly to the left of the bridge, and in five to seven minutes, you will find yourself in Abanotubani. Back along the promenade walk to Baratashvili Bridge. Then – on Freedom Square.
Tbilisi center offers a lot of options: you can go to the right or to the left, everywhere you will discover something unique and original.
Many markets in Tbilisi. All you need to take a day or two, and then only for a visit. It’s a colorful place in Georgian capital. There are not so much a commodity as for the pleasure of the fragrances and the types of goods, communication. I will briefly tell you about the two markets.
The underground part of it reserved for the sale of clothing and household items. Goods are usually from China, but it is possible to find and Turkish manufacturers.
Our goal is to land part of fruits, vegetables, spices, cheeses, nuts. Do not rush to buy, walk along the rows of the market. Try. On Dezertirke can taste. Ask the price, Bargain. Sellers older and middle age still remember the our language. Only then buy. You will have pockets full of pleasure: and the sea of impressions and good shopping.
Flea Market at the Dry Bridge
It is not far from the Saarbüken bridge, which I mentioned in my walking route. He works daily from 9:00 to 17:00. Maybe not so much from the desire to buy, how much to look at antique things, remember your young years. Here often sell unique things: from rare icons to carpets.
Where to go from Tbilisi
Depending on how long you came to the capital of Georgia, you need to build plans for the inspection of nearby cities.
25 km from Tbilisi is a tiny, but very ancient town of Mtskheta. It is founded in the 5th century BC.NS. These are the times of ancient Greece, Herodotus, Sophoclas, Hypocrat and Farmopil Battle (where 300 Spartans participated).
In the distant past, Mtskheta was the capital of ancient Georgia.
Attractions here are only two, but what:
- Temple of Svetitskhoveli (XI century),
- Monastery of Jvari, Based in the VI century.
Get to Mtskheta You can by taxi, minibus from the bus station next to the metro station "Diduba" or by train from the train station (Sadguris Moody Metro Station).
Take the inspection of both these attractions you need all day. Cathedral of Svetchschtsili is worth considering it carefully. Javar’s monastery you need to get to: It stands on top of the mountain, high above the city. I will not go much into details, I will not, about Mtskhet will be a separate article with all the details.
The house itself, where Stalin was born, standing under a marble canopy. Log in it is impossible, but it is open, so consider the interior decoration in all details you can very easily.
Much more interesting museum complex next to the house. There is an armored car in which Stalin traveled. In the halls of the museum, you will see a rich exposition on the revolutionary and state activity of the leader of all nations, but the main halls for you will be a memorial hall, resembling Mausoleum, where Stalin’s posthumous mask in the center is kept on the pedestal, and the leader of the leader. I will not disclose secrets, but I, having visited 30 years ago, still impressed.
Works Museum daily from 10:00 to 18:00. On holidays closed.
The ticket costs 10 Lari, visiting the car – 5 Lari.
Get to Gori You can by taxi, minibus or by train. The easiest way is the minibus. From the bus station at the metro station "Diduba" from 8 am every half an hour of minibuses in Gori. Travel – 4 Lari, in the way a little more than an hour. Trains go only twice a day, early in the morning and late in the evening.
Ticket 7-10 $ (I found only such a cash equivalent).
Taxi is best to order in advance via the Internet. Price from 2150 rubles. In Tbilisi, the taxi will rise in the amount of 100 lari.
Food in Tbilisi
Restaurants and cafes recommended for guests of the Georgian capital are described in detail.
The rule of an experienced tourist is one thing: not there is on a premunuted tourist trail.
The abundance of restaurants and cafes in the very center of the city is not always the guarantee of the quality of food and moderate prices. In Tbilisi, of course, not all restaurants in the center – bad and expensive. Georgians know how to appreciate their kitchen and adequately represent it.
I recommend to stay from affordable in the view of the cafe and skewers in the park on MTAZMINDE, climbing restaurants on Rustaveli Avenue. Turn away from Prospect, go through narrow streets. There there is always a cafe, a restaurant, Kharchevnya, Dukhan in the very Georgian flavor. You will cancel and do not pay much.
The main thing: if you do not go to Tbilisi in the cafe "Water Lagidze", consider that you missed the minimum of 15% of Tbilisi’s pleasure. Water Lagidze is the invention of Mitrofan Lagidze. Carbonic carbonated water mixed with invented lagidze with syrup.
Syrups are several, multicolored, sweet. This is delicious. In addition, if you take a freshly baked Khachapuri in Ajars to the glass of water with syrup, you will be satisfied and satisfied all day.
A cup of water is worth 2 lari, Khachapuri – 5.5 LARI.
Page "Water Lagidze" on FB.
Unfortunately, all information only in Georgian language.
You can find "Water Lagidze" by addresses:
- Rustaveli Avenue, 24. Open daily from 9:30 to 22:00
- Sarerereklo Street, 24-26. (next to the temple of the samber). Open from 9:00 to 20:00
- Avenue David Agmashenebeli, 53 (open hours are unknown, the cafe opened quite recently)
Tbilisi has a warm soul
For me, this city is not amenable to some logical analysis and rational understanding. Yes, here you have to walk, just walk. On a wide European type of prospectuses, and by narrowly powerful streets that are very cool uphole.
If the street strangely wriggles, as if calling for me, and not go, you can’t, how to build plans for the day?
Yes, it is necessary to look at the city from the viewing sites on the MTAZMINDE, to look with the bridges on Kuru and the old town. However, objects for viewing are thousands here: and you look at home and courtyards, on the exhibits in the historical museum and in Pirosmani’s paintings, on monuments and sculptures. Yes, you need to try local cuisine: but some types of Khachapuri are somewhat, but sazivi from chicken and from turkey – these are different sazivi. What to say about wines? How not to try churchhel?
The places that I described in short, enough to spend three to five days in the capital of Georgia. I am sure that studying some kind of place, you will see another, go to the third. As a result, you can create your guidebook. This city is a mixture of Europe and the East, elegance and wisdom, subtleties and chic.