Tbilisi – Must-See Attractions in Georgia’s Capital
Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, is a city where the modern and ancient coexist side by side. Throughout its long history, Tbilisi has undergone many invasions through which it has been destroyed and rebuilt numerous times. That continued state of destruction creation has to lead to a city, that in this modern time, holds a wealth of interesting gems to uncover.
Make your way to this beautiful city soon and take the time to visit some places that are sure to let you experience the city’s rich history.
Overlooking Abanotubani, the oldest district in Tbilisi is the magnificent fortress Narikalal. This grand structure was first built back in the 4th century when Tiblsils was under Persian rule. The brick fort stands atop a steep hill between the botanical garden and sulfur baths.
Take a walk up the hill from Meidan Square or have a ride in a cable car to reach Narikala Fortress and enjoy its splendour. A cool attraction you can visit within the fortress is the St. Nicholas church, built in 1997 to replaces the old 13-Century church which had been destroyed by a fire.
Designed by Michele De Lucchi and opened to the public in 2010, Peace Bridge connects Erekle II Street with Rike Park over the Mtkvari river. This grand glass and steel structure is quite the sight, especially when you gaze up at its checkered roof, standing on the bridge below. Peace Bridge was one of the first contemporary architectural construction added to the city.
Across Peace Bridge lies Rike Park, a recreational space in Old Town that features fountains, pools and a giant chessboard. Try to get here during the summer months as you’re bound to find a joyous sight, the waters of the fountains dancing in the brilliant light shows accompanied by festive music. It’s a great place for locals and visitors to interact and gave a jolly good time.
Tsminda Sameba Cathedral
Standing 84 metres tall with a gold-covered cross above its central dome, Tsminda Sameba exists as a mighty symbol of the Georgian Orthodox Church. It was opened to the public in 2004 and its intricate visage can be seen from almost every corner of the city.