Tbilisi is a history enthusiast's dream, with a plethora of interesting and ancient sights scattered around the city. Perhaps one of the most famous historical sights in Tbilisi is the fascinating Narikala Fortress, the crumbling ruins of which date back as far as the 4th century. Located on the famous slopes of Mount Mtatsminda, Narikala Fortress is one of Tbilisi's most popular attractions.
Narikala Fortress is the oldest surviving structure in Tbilisi. Often referred to by locals as "the heart and soul of the city", the fortress has been expanded several times throughout history by Georgians, Turks, Arabs, and Persians and its remains stand as a reminder of the city's rich cultural heritage. Once visitors to Tbilisi have taken in the view from Narikala Fortress, the old town offers plenty of interesting sights. A stroll around Old Tbilisi offers numerous historical sites in its winding streets, from mosques and sulphur baths to ancient churches, old-style balconies and art nouveau architecture, not to mention a choice of eclectic and charming shops, galleries, and authentic local restaurants.