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Sulfur baths

The sulfur bath has been a tradition in Tbilisi going back hundreds of years. The city's abundance of sulfur springs has been harnessed and used to naturally. According to the legend, the king of ancient Iberia, Vakhtang I Gorgasali, once hunted in the forests near the first capital of Georgia – Mtskheta. After some time, he saw a pheasant, then shot and killed the bird. The king sent his falcon to find the prey.

The falcon flew away, and after a while, the king lost sight of him. In search of the birds, Vakhtang Gorgasali with his hunters came upon the source and saw that both the falcon and the pheasant got into its waters. The source turned to be hot. And amazed with this find Vakhtang I decided to found here the city realizing a great advantage of that location. In addition, to the hot sources, the location had many important for the city construction factors: a protected position between the mountains, location on a trade route, strategically favorable factors. Thus, according to legend, the city of Tbilisi was founded. The word «tbili» is translated from Georgian as «warm». Tbilisi is a city of warm sources.

The water in the tube is very hot. Some visitors recommend wrapping the whole body with a cotton sheet. I did not try. Did you?:) 

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The Cathedral of Saint George

(Armenian: Սուրբ Գևորգ եկեղեցի, Surb Gevorg yekeghetsi; Georgian: სურბ გევორგის ეკლესია, surb gevorgis ek'lesia or სურფგევორქი, surpgevorki) is a 13th-century Armenian church in the historical quarter of Tbilisi, Georgia's capital. It is one of the two functioning Armenian churches in Tbilisi and is the cathedral of the Georgian Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church.(wikipedia)

Church in Tbilisi

Open Air Museum of Ethnography

It is located in Tbilisi's Vake district, to the west of "Turtle Lake". It occupies 52 hectares of land and houses more than eight thousand artifacts brought from all over Georgia. The Open Air Museum encompasses 14 ethnographic zones: Kartli, Samegrelo, Adjara, Abkhazia, Svaneti, Khevsureti, Kakheti, Meskheti, Javakheti, Guria, Imereti, Racha, Lechkhumi and Ossetia. Each exhibit presents a certain historic-ethnographic area of Georgia. Together with architectural monuments, the museum presents ethnographic materials - different kinds of tools, textiles, and ceramics. The museum also includes the 5th-6th-century basilica of Sioni, as well as a rich collection of gravestones in relief. (museums.ge)

National museum Tbilisi

 

Kashveti Church

The Kashveti Church of St. George (Georgian: ქაშვეთის წმინდა გიორგის სახელობის ტაძარი) is a Georgian Orthodox Church in central Tbilisi, located across from the Parliament building on Rustaveli Avenue. The Kashveti church was built between 1904 and 1910 by the architect Leopold Bilfeldt.

 

The Anchiskhati Basilica of St Mary

(Georgian: ანჩისხატი) is the oldest church in Tbilisi, Georgia. It belongs to the Georgian Orthodox Church and dates from the sixth century. According to the old Georgian scripts, the church was built by the King Dachi of Iberia (circa 522-534) who had made Tbilisi his capital.

 

National Botanical Garden of Georgia

Botanical Garden Tbilisi

Narikala Fortress

Narikala (Georgian: ნარიყალა) is an ancient fortress overlooking Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, and the Kura River. The fortress consists of two walled sections on a steep hill between the sulfur baths and the botanical gardens of Tbilisi. On the lower court, there is the recently restored St Nicholas church. Newly built in 1996–1997, it replaces the original 13th-century church that was destroyed in a fire. The new church is of "prescribed cross" type, having doors on three sides. The internal part of the church is decorated with the frescos showing scenes both from the Bible and history of Georgia.(wikipedia)

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