Wander around the historic district of the capital of Georgia and discover a beautiful area of Tbilisi. Tbilisi Old Town is famous for its traditional buildings and winding, cobbled alleys and is the ideal place to go for a taste of Georgia's history. Packed with attractions, Tbilisi Old Town contains a number of officially designated monuments, churches, cobbled streets and picturesque pastel colored wooden houses with open and carved balconies.
A twisting maze of charming streets
Tbilisi Old Town sits in the shadow of the Narikala Fortress, climbing the hill towards it in a labyrinth of narrow streets. Doorways lead to hidden courtyards and alleys, while vines climb the ramshackle walls in this enchanting district. The Old Town's main artery is Kote Abkhazi Street, which connects Meidani with Freedom Square. Close to this main street are two major attractions, the Tbilisi History Museum and the Sioni Cathedral. Sioni was originally built in the 6th and 7th centuries, but has been destroyed and rebuilt many times, and today's building is mainly 13th century. Enjoy the bars, restaurants and nightclubs that populate Chardeni, a small pedestrian area in the North East corner, between Leselidze and the river, as well as its many art galleries. Visitors should also take the time to visit the recently renovated Abanotubani area, famous for its Sulphur Baths. Abanotubani is the place, where according to local legend, King Vakhtang Gorgasali's falcon fell, leading to the discovery of the hot springs and, subsequently the founding of a new capital. The Old Town also contains the only functioning mosque in the city. It is a 19th century construction with a slender red-brick minaret that is easy to spot from a distance.
Beautiful and varied architecture
The Old Town is an architecture-lover's paradise, with buildings featuring several distinct styles. In addition to tumbledown houses with their brightly colored balconies that Tbilisi Old Town is known for, you'll also see designs inspired by the Art Nouveau movement and Russian styles, as well as Georgian and Byzantine architecture. The houses are mainly 19th century as much of the city was destroyed by the devastating invasion of Agha Mohammed Khan of the Persians in 1795. A trip to the Old Town would not be complete without simply strolling around the old streets and admiring and taking photographs of the huge variety of architecture. To the west, Old Town merges into the Sololaki area, once the district of rich merchants and artists, another fascinating place to wander around.
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