Tbilisi is a small city famous for its thermal springs. The name of the city means "warm". According to the legend, the king of ancient Iberia, Vakhtang I Gorgasali, hunted in the woods near Georgia's first capital – Mtskheta. Suddenly, he saw a pheasant and shot the bird down. The king sent his falcon to find the pheasant but after a while, the king lost sight of a falcon. Looking for his bird he came upon the hot spring and saw that both birds were boiled in one of the thermal spring. The temperature of the spring was very hot. Impressed with the place he decided to build a city here. That was a very smart decision taking into account the advantage of its location. Tbilisi is in the valley between beautiful green hills on both sides.
Sulfur Bath |The Cathedral of Saint George | Open Air Museum of Ethnography | Kashveti Church | The Anchiskhati Basilica of St Mary | National Botanical Garden of Georgia | Narikala| Tbilisi Funicular
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. 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?:)
(Armenian: Սուրբ Գևորգ եկեղեցի, Surb Gevorg yekeghetsi; Georgian: სურბ გევორგის ეკლესია, surb gevorgis ek'lesia or სურფგევორქი, surpgevorki) is an Armenian church of the 13th century in the historic district of Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia.The Armenian Apostolic Church in Georgia is a separate ecclesiastical entity since the 5th century, according to historical sources. Armenian historian, Ukhtanes of Sebastia, proved the fact that the church belonged to Armenian Bishop in Tsurtavi in the 5th century.
The historical center is situated in Tbilisi's Vake region, toward the west of "Turtle Lake". It involves 52 hectares of land and houses in excess of 8,000 ancient rarities brought from all over Georgia. The Open Air Museum encompasses 14 ethnographic regions: Kartli, Samegrelo, Adjara, Abkhazia, Svaneti, Khevsureti, Kakheti, Meskheti, Javakheti, Guria, Imereti, Racha, Lechkhumi and Ossetia. Each display shows a specific noteworthy ethnographic place of Georgia. Together with landmarks, the historical center presents ethnographic foundings - costumes, fabrics, and pottery. The gallery includes the fifth-sixth century basilica of Sioni and a rich gathering of tombstones.
St. George's Kashveti Church is a Georgian Orthodox Church. The Kashveti church was built by architect Leopold Bilfeldt between 1904 and 1910. The church was designed as "basilica" which was mostly used through medieval periods. The name of the church means "came from stones". According to the legend, the Monk David of Gareja of the Thirteen Assyrian Fathers (6th century) was accused by a common woman who told that the monk made her pregnant. To justify himself he asked her to give birth to the stone. The woman gave birth to the stone proving that the Monk David made her pregnant.
(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 declared Tbilisi as the capital. Originally the church was dedicated to the Virgin Mary and later it was renamed as Anchiskhati because of the icon of Ancha in 1675. The icon was moved to Tbilisi to save it from an Ottoman invasion The icon was kept at the Basilica of St Mary for centuries. Currently one can find this icon at the Art Museum of Georgia.
The botanical garden in Tbilisi is a unique place. Besides the garden, one can find a beautiful waterfall and a small river. One can also see an enormous mansion of Mr. Ivaneshvili:) It is recommended to take a cable road and start your walking tour from the top of the hill, especially if you have the kids.
Great nature spot with plenty of peaceful walks and retreats, secret hiding places. Beautiful plants. It hurts sometimes because it feels abandoned. On the other hand, Botanical Garden is so huge that it requires a lot of investments. The entrance fee is not that high. The waterfall is magnificent. My family has a secret place under the bridge, a wonderful, tranquil place. I also recommend taking a walk to the Japanese garden. A tiny oasis of exotic plants and flowers.
Narikala is an ancient fortress that overlooks Tbilisi, Georgia's capital, and the Kura River. The fortress is made up of two parts on a steep hill between Tbilisi's sulfur baths and botanical gardens. The recently restored St. Nicholas Church is situated in the lower yard. Completed in 1996–1997, it replaces the original church that was demolished in the 13th century.
Tbilisi Funicular (tram) is the main attraction of the city. The history of Funicular goes back to 1905. The tram is visible from every part of Tbilisi. The ride up to Mtatsminda Entertainment Park on the recently rebuilt Funicular is amazing. The views are incredible. One can have a wonderful dinner at the Funicular Restaurant complex. For those who have small children, the place is recommended as there is a large amusement park up the hill. One can also visit a TV tower and enjoy 710-meter high mountain views over the Tbilisi.