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Meeting place: Freedom square
Rustaveli Avenue begins at Freedom Square and extends about 1.5 kilometers. This is the center of the city, where many of the governmental, cultural and business facilities are located. Strolling down Rustaveli you can observe daily life in the city, explore shops from both international and local brands, and get something to eat.
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Holy Trinity Cathedral
The Trinity (Sameba) Cathedral is one of the tallest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in the World. The cathedral complex includes an underground section and integrates nine chapels, various supplementary buildings, and beautiful gardens.
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Metekhi
Metekhi - a historical district on the left bank of the river Mtkvari on a rocky outcrop in Avlabari, Tbilisi. It was the earliest settlement in the city. According to traditional beliefs, King Vakhtang I Gorgasali built a church (Metekhi Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God) and a fortress here, which also served as the king's residence. In this place, in the V century St. Shushanik was tortured to death. According to legend, the Metekhi rock was supposed to be the place of torture of St. Abo Tfileli (VIII century), who is the patron saint of Tbilisi. It is connected to the opposite bank of the Mtkvari near Metekhi by a reinforced concrete bridge, which was built in 1951 on the site of two old bridges. Views from Metekhi Church can be seen on Old Tbilisi, Narikala FortressAbanotubaniPeace BridgeRike Park. These places are the face of old Tbilisi.
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Sioni Cathedral
Tbilisi Sioni Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is a monument of Georgian architecture, cross-domed temple, located on the lower right bank of the Mtkvari in Tbilisi, Zemo Kala, Old Tbilisi, Tbilisi Cathedral (Episcopal) from the 5th century to the present, and since 1920 the Patriarchal Cathedral. Sioni Complex includes a fence, the Cathedral of the Assumption, two bell towers. The name Sioni is derived from the name of a sacred mountain in Jerusalem. It is a Hebrew word meaning sunny. There are many churches named after Sioni in Georgia and all of them are named after the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, of which the Sioni Cathedral in Tbilisi is of special historical significance. The largest sanctuary of the Georgian Orthodox Church - St. Nino's cross is located here. The temple also houses a miraculous stone of grace brought from Jerusalem by St. David of Gareja.
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Anchiskhati Basilica
"Anchiskhati Basilica" is also known as "Anchiskhati Basilica of Saint Mary" or as "Basilica of the Holy Ancha Icon". It dates from the 6th century and is considered the oldest church in Georgia. It is famous for being the repository of the miraculous "Holy Ancha Icon of the Savior" - a medieval encaustic icon, traditionally considered to be the "Keramidion", a "holy tile" imprinted with the face of Jesus Christ miraculously transferred by contact with the image of Edessa in the 6th or 7th century. The holy icon was brought to Tbilisi, in 1664, from the medieval Georgian Monastery of Ancha in Klarjeti (now in ruins and in the territory of Turkey, near the Turkish village of Anaçli), right before the Ottoman invasion. A long and interesting legend. The original icon is now at the "National Art Museum of Georgia", but a copy of it is kept at the Basilica. Along the centuries, the "Anchiskhati Basilica" has undergone many reconstructions and renovations and, as of September 2019, it was again closed for restorations. From the outside, huge stone blocks in its walls and three naves could be seen. The "Georgian Orthodox Apostolic Church' is responsible for its safeguard.
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Gabriadze Theater
Though modest in size, The Gabriadze Theater is among the world’s preeminent cultural institutions. Presenting mature puppet performances full of depth and meaning, it has gained the respect and recognition of international audiences and critics alike. Based in its home theater in Tbilisi, Georgia, the company is under the direction of a noted artist, writer, and director Rezo Gabriadze (whose awards include Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters of the French Republic – France’s highest recognition for cultural achievements.) The Gabriadze Theater has toured extensively, its recent venues including: Lincoln Center Festival in New York; The Edinburgh Festival; Bogota Theater Festival; San Sebastian Festival, Spain; Toronto World Stage Festival; The Barbican Center, London; Theater de la Ville, Paris; The Kennedy Center Festival, Washington, D.C.; the Theatre Art Studio in Moscow. The Gabriadze Theater stands in the heart of Tbilisi’s historic Old Town. This beautiful building of the unique marionette theatre was designed by Gabriadze himself. Among the shows in its current repertoire are: “The Autumn of My Spring”, “Stalingrad”, “Ramona”, “Diamond of Marshal de Fant’e”.
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The Bridge of Peace
Relatively newly constructed the Bridge of Peace is definitely the attraction one wouldn’t want to miss in Tbilisi. It is a pedestrian glass and steel bridge in a bow-shaped design that sits over the Mtkvari (Kura) river in Georgian capital. It was officially opened in May 2010. The bridge was brought to Georgia from Italy in 200 unassembled components. The bridge is 156 meters long and has more than 10 000 LED bulbs built-in, that are switched on daily 90 minutes before the sunset. The pulsating lights are communicating the message in Morse code; the message says chemical elements from the Mendeleev’s periodic table that make up a human body. The idea of the Italian designer Michele De Lucchi was to broadcast the message which is “the anthem of life and piece among people and nations”. The Bridge of Peace is a convenient cross point between the Rike Park and the ‘old’ part of the town. It also provides amazing views of Tbilisi, especially at sunrise, sunset or night. In 2012 the Bridge of Piece in Tbilisi hit the Top-13 most unusual bridges in the world.
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Narikala Fortres

Narikala Fortress is nowadays the leading sighting among the most visited places in Tbilisi by tourists. No one, I emphasize, no one leaves Tbilisi without walking around this amazing fortress, which is unbelievably stunning at night. Narikala Fortress draws your attention from all sides of Tbilisi, you can notice it from almost every part of Tbilisi. It overlooks the Mtkvari River, which makes Narikala even more incredible. Narikala consists of two walled sections between the sulphur  baths and the Tbilisi Botanical Garden.

This fortress sometimes was even called Shuris-tsikhe, which means The Rival Fortress. The fortress walls date from various periods, the earliest from the 4th century, when it was a Persian citadel. Most of the present walls were built in the 8th century by the Arab emirs, whose palace was inside the fortress. In Georgian sources it is called “Mother Fortress”. Narikala offers you some of the best panoramas of the city. This is an ancient symbol of Tbilisi’s defensive brilliance. There are two ways to get there and both are incredibly beautiful: first is to walk up from Meidan, one of the most beautiful places in Old Tbilisi and another one is Cable Car, from Rike Park- a host of a numerous entertainment facilities, like singing and dancing fountains, artificial climbing wall, children’s maze, mega-chess board, as well as footpaths and quiet corners (for lovers, ha-ha...).

The start point of cable car takes visitors up to Narikala fortress. If you walk by foot, entry to the fortress is FREE, but if you want to look around the city sightings from the cable car, then it costs 2,5 Lari. It has 8 seats, and the passengers can see EVERYTHING, as the cable cars have glass-floors. The road from Rike to Narikala is just 686 meters, and so it takes about 2 minutes and 10 seconds to get there. You can fetch lovely Georgian souvenirs from here too.

From outside the fortress entrance, you can follow a path west in front of the walls along the statue of Kartlis Deda (Mother Georgia). As attractive as a 20m aluminium woman can be, this symbol of the city holds a sword in one hand, and a cup of wine in the other. The explanation is really exciting : it shows perfectly the character of Georgian Women, as well as men,  warmly welcoming guests and passionately fighting off enemies.

Another important sighting here is the Botanical Garden, which is located at the foothills of the Narikala fortress. It occupies the area of the 161 hectares and possesses a collection of over 4,500 taxonomic groups.

The little chucrch/monastery up in the hills is another interesting sight in Narikala. It's called St. Nicholas Church, and the internal part of the church is decorated with the frescos showing scenes both from the Bible and history of Georgia.

In a nutshell, if you leave Tbilisi without visiting Narikala Fortress, just consider, that you have not seen Tbilisi at all.

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Sulfur Baths & Spa
Located at the eastern bank of the Mtkvari River at the foot of Narikala fort across Metekhisubani, Abanotubani is an important historic part of the city . Baths is one of the most pleasant and memorable experiences you can have in Georgia’s capital city. “Tbilisi” directly translates to “warm place,” and the widely taught myth of the city’s founding involves these natural hot springs. The myth states that in medieval times, King Vakhtang went hunting with his falcon (or hawk in some versions of the story) in a heavily wooded region in central Georgia. The falcon caught a pheasant and during the struggle, both birds fell into the hot spring and died from their injuries. The king was so impressed with the hot water that he decided to clear the forest and build a city around this natural wonder. In the Abanotubani neighborhood in Old Tbilisi, several different sulfur bathhouses are clustered together. They are all below ground level with semi-circular domed ceilings that allow natural light to stream through. The ceilings also function like little chimneys, for sulfur steam and fresh air circulation in the baths. The sulfuric water is not only gloriously warm it is also supposedly therapeutic. Aside from simply being a relaxing experience, they are also thought to help with various skin ailments like acne and eczema, as well as digestion, insomnia, and arthritis. and, subsequently, to founding of a new capital.
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Tbilisi
Georgia's ancient and vibrant capital city spreads out on both banks of the Mtkvari River, and is surrounded on three sides by mountains. The most widely accepted variant of the legend of Tbilisi's founding says that in the mid-5th century AD, King Vakhtang I Gorgasali was hunting in the heavily wooded region with a falcon. The King's falcon allegedly caught or injured a pheasant during the hunt, after which both birds fell into a nearby hot spring and died from burns. King Vakhtang became so impressed with the hot springs that he decided to cut down the forest and build a city. The name Tbilisi derives from the Old Georgian word "tbili", meaning warm. Archaeological studies of the region indicate human settlement in the area early as the 4th millennium BC.