Tbilisi is one of the ancient cities of the world and its history is measured in millennia. The several legends are connecting to the arising of the city. According to one of them the king Vakhtang Gorgasali ("Gorgaslan" – "wolf-headed", 452-502) was hunting in this vicinity. The royal falcon flied up and caught the pheasant then the both birds disappeared from the sight of view. After long time search, the hunters found the falcon and its prey in the spring and they both were boiled, as the spring was hot. After the amazed king had examined the picturesque vicinities, he ordered to build a city here. By the way, in Georgian "tbili" means "warm", hence the name of Tbilisi. But it is just a legend. Actually the small settlement had already existed in the district of hot springs in the South part of the modern city 1300 years BC before; the settlement was inhabited with numerous Georgian tribes – Kartlelebi (Iberi). The Georgian appellation of the country – "Sakartvelo" is derived from it.
Tbilisi – an important strategic point and the largest city of the country, always was an economical, political and cultural center of Georgia. Tbilisi has served, with various intervals, as Georgia's capital for nearly 100 years.
There are a lot of things to tell you about the city but the best of all is to see all these with your own eyes and enjoy with the magnificent beauty of Georgia.
Here is the main sightseeing of Tbilisi:
Trinity Cathedral (Sameba)
Trinity Cathedral (Sameba) - The symbol of Georgian spiritual unity and genuine faith – is the main part of the complex, which was built in 1995-2004. in the old part of Tbilisi, Avlabari. It is cross-domed church. Sameba is the greatest church in Georgia and the greatest religious building in the whole Caucasus.
Metekhi – this is a domed church located in old Tbilisi. It was built in XIII c. and it's even today an artistic-architectural accent of Tbilisi. The creation of XX c. – the statue of the king Vakhtang Gorgasali – the founder of the capital Tbilisi is located next to the church erected on the lofty plateau of the bank of the river Mtkvari.
Abanotubani (Bath district)
Abanotubani (Bath district) - It is a place where the legend of natural hot springs is really confirmed. This district has been the exotic site of Tbilisi for years. Tbilisi baths are the patterns of East Architecture of XVII-XVIII cc.
Narikala Fortress – The ancient fortress of Narikala in Tbilisi, overlooking the old city, was erected in the IV century. In the course of centuries it was destroyed and rebuilt many times.
Anchiskhati – The basilica of VI c. was dedicated to the Holy Virgin but later in the XVII c. it got the additional appellation of Anchiskhati following the movement of Anchiskhati icon from the Monastery of Anchi. The unique icon was created in VI c. and you can see it at the Art State Museum.
Sioni Cathedral – the former cathedral dedicated to Holy Virgin was built in VI-VII cc. in the old and central district of Tbilisi. It was destroyed several times by the enemy invasions and was reconstructed after. Nowadays, the domed church is the typical pattern of XII-XIII cc. Georgian Architecture.
Kashueti – it is a domed church built in the beginning of XX c. on the Rustaveli Avenue. It is the only paragon in the history of Georgian Architecture, when one construction exactly repeats the monumental forms and decors of another church, in this case - Samtavisi church that was already built in XI c. the painting of the church was performed by the well-known Georgian artist - Lado Gudiashvili.
Mtatsminda – It is a sanctuary of Georgian public figures and poetic world. This site has been called "Mtatsminda" (holy mount) since X c.
Shardeni Street - It is one of the ancient streets of Tbilisi. It got this name "Shardeni" for the honor of the European traveler Sharden. This street is famous for the enamel gallery and studios where you can see the unique enamel goods. Shardeni Street gives the peculiar color to our ancient city.
Bombora park – It was opened in XIXc. This is the children`s entertainment site where you can find modern attractions, wide choice of cafes and restaurants. Here you will really have a good time.