Traveling in Tbilisi: TOP-25 attractions
Bright, proud, delightful Tbilisi is full of the most extraordinary sights. Here you will find both ancient historical monuments and ultra-modern objects that the world bows to.
If you are just planning a vacation, we recommend that you pay attention to Georgia and, first of all, go to its luxurious capital. You will appreciate what you just have to see.
Mount Mtatsminda was chosen for the arrangement of the famous cemetery. The ashes of famous personalities are laid to rest here. The last refuge here was found by such legendary figures:
as A. Tsereteli;
A. Griboedov also rests here. The classic liked to take walks along the slope of the hill.
People come here to honor the memory of their favorite artists, writers, valiant scientists and politicians.
When to go: The area is very beautiful. If your trip falls in the spring, be sure to visit the remarkable hill. At the height of summer, the hot sun can interfere with the walk.
Tip: Wear comfortable shoes and be sure to bring your camera.
This shrine is the pearl of the Metekhi region. This part of the city is considered the most ancient. Many buildings remember the reign of King Vakhtang.
The temple is a monument of the 12th century. Surprisingly, the surviving historical documents prove that the church stood almost unchanged until the 19th century.
Only the coming of the Bolsheviks to power influenced the appearance of the shrine. The monastery was badly damaged at the beginning of the last century. Barracks were placed here. And in the 70s, a theater was equipped inside the walls of the temple. At the same time, the internal partitions were demolished.
Now the ancient temple has been restored and again receives parishioners.
When to visit: the temple is open daily, but on religious holidays large-scale services are held here. If you are far from religion, you can visit the shrine at any time.
Tip: This is a functioning temple. Observe decency, dress as required by church canons, respect other people's customs and faith.
The Cathedral is a symbol of Orthodoxy in Georgia. It is named after the Mount of Jerusalem. This is an ancient monument. The first building was erected in the 6th century. Unfortunately, the temple has not survived to this day. It was destroyed by the Arab peoples.
Before your eyes will appear a shrine erected in the 12th century. The walls of the monastery saw a lot of grief. This temple was also repeatedly tried to destroy.
The most difficult time was the years of the existence of the USSR. We know the communists did not adhere to religion. Nevertheless, the cathedral survived, was reconstructed and now receives visitors.
When to go: Anytime. The temple is open from early morning to late evening.
Advice: if you are interested in the temple only as a historical value, choose the time between services. You can see ancient icons. Inside, there are frescoes dating back to the 19th century. A cross made of vines is kept here. Tradition says that Saint Nino brought it. Thanks to her, Orthodoxy was established in Georgia.
Sulfur baths (Abanotubani)
The first baths appeared in the 16th century. Local residents already knew about the benefits of sulfur springs. That is why they equipped low buildings, made in the oriental style, close to the healing eruptions.
It is noteworthy that the interior of the baths are located underground. Domes are equipped with window openings.
Previously, people came here not only to improve their health. Here gathered respected residents of the city. They exchanged news, arranged receptions and enjoyed their time. There was a kind of men's club here.
When to go: combine a visit to the sulfur baths with a tour of the Metekhi area. They are located next door. Yes, you will save time.
Tip: some saunas are used for their intended purpose. You can experience the healing power of the springs for yourself.
Statue of Mother Kartli
The monumental figure is a symbol of the Georgian capital. The statue is made of aluminum in the shape of a woman holding a goblet in one hand and a sword in the other. The author of the composition is Elguja Amashukeli.
The image of a Georgian woman is symbolic. The sculptor conveyed the main idea: the one who comes in peace will be fed and watered, but the one who comes with evil will not be greeted.
It is interesting that the first work was made of wood. The figure was installed in the capital back in 1959. Later, the statue was covered with metal to prolong its life. In the late 1990s, the monument was replaced with a new one made entirely of aluminium.
When to go: Choose a nice day and go for a walk.
Tip: you can get here by cable car. Give yourself the opportunity to appreciate the beauty of the surroundings. From here, magnificent views of Tbilisi open.
The main sights of ancient Tbilisi are concentrated here. Here you will see the Parliament building, art salons and museums, the theater, which bears the same name.
In addition, here you can visit interesting shopping centers and shops selling the legendary mineral waters that have made the country famous. Be sure to buy a bottle of Borjomi or Lagidze.
When to go: It's best to go here in the afternoon. In the evening, street lights will be lit. It will be very beautiful.
Tip: start your walk from Freedom Square. So, you will not miss any remarkable places. Use the services of a tour guide. The guide will tell you a huge number of stories and legends, introduce you to interesting facts and the history of the avenue.
Monument to the heroes of the film “Mimino”
This attraction will appeal to those who caught the Soviet years, or fans of the famous art picture.
The composition was set in 2011. The author of the work is the famous Zurab Tsereteli.
Tourists love to be photographed next to famous characters. Take a memorable photo too.
When to visit: Any time you have free time.
Tip: there are cozy cafes nearby. Come in to taste the national dishes. These are real culinary masterpieces.
The National Museum of Georgia
The collection of the museum evokes a feeling of admiration. A wide variety of exhibits have been collected. Here are ancient coins, household utensils, works of art, historical artifacts.
The collection of exhibits was moved to Europe at the beginning of the last century. But the collection was returned in almost unchanged composition.
In general, there are many branches of the National Museum in Tbilisi. All of them deserve a visit.
When to visit: The museum is open from 10 am to 6 pm. On Monday, the institution is closed to visitors.
Tip: Use a tour guide. Get to know the history of the city and the country in full.
Niko Pirosmanishvili Museum
The museum was founded in 1960. This is a little known attraction. The unrecognized artist Nikolai Pirosmanishvili once lived in an inconspicuous three-story building. Glory to the painter came posthumously. His paintings were sold for huge sums of money.
An interesting fact is that the fate of the artist is reflected in the famous song “A Million Scarlet Roses”. It was performed by the great Soviet and Russian singer – A. Pugacheva.
N. Pirosmanishvili throughout his life was unrequitedly in love with the actress M. de Sevres. It was about this unrequited love that the Prima Donnas of Russia sang.
When to visit: The house-museum is open from 10 am to 6 pm. It works 6 days a week except Monday.
Tip: the artist's work will appeal to connoisseurs of painting. Visit this facility.
Tbilisi Ethnographic Museum
This is an open-air museum. It is located in the Vake park. The object is a village. A walk along it will allow you to get acquainted with the national traditions, life, culture of Georgians from different eras.
Here you will see rich collections of kitchen utensils, jewelry, costumes, tools and other products.
When to visit: the museum's opening hours are standard: from 10 am to 6 pm daily. Monday is cleaning day.
Tip: Bring your kids. They will be interested. There are other historical and cultural values in the park.
Tbilisi Botanical Garden
This is one of the most beautiful places in the city. The garden is located in the center of Tbilisi. Its area is almost 30 hectares.
Here are collected the most amazing plants. Among them you will find exotic flowers, and luxurious roses, and evergreen shrubs. The Georgian climate allows you to grow even whimsical plants.
The zone is equipped with gazebos, ponds, bridges with intricate railings. This is where you get great pictures.
If you wish, you can buy a seedling of a plant or shrub you like.
When to visit: Fairs, festivals and other cultural events are often organized on the territory of the botanical garden. Check out the city poster. Combine visit.
Tip: Botany lectures are also given here. The visit will be of interest to students of biological faculties and to all those who are attracted by the sciences of flora.
Tbilisi Old Town
If you want to immerse yourself in the Middle Ages, head to the Old Town. The atmosphere is conducive to leisurely sightseeing.
Here are ancient temples, cathedrals, palaces of rulers and, of course, healing springs.
In addition, there are a lot of shops with wine cellars. If you want to taste real Georgian wine, buy a bottle. You will not be disappointed. The prices are quite reasonable.
When to visit: Go for a walk in the morning. There are many interesting objects in the Old Town. You will enjoy your time.
Tip: if you are in Georgia on business and have little time, focus on exploring the sights of the Old City. All of them are considered symbols of the country and the capital.
The square can be conditionally called an arena for political clashes. Revolutions took place here, rallies and demonstrations took place. Once it bore the name of the Soviet revolutionary, prominent politician Lavrenty Beria. Later it was renamed.
There are several streets leading to Freedom Square. It is convenient to get here from Rustaveli Avenue.
The main symbol of the square is the statue of St. George. He strikes the dragon. The composition is the creation of the master Zurab Tsereteli.
When to visit: Any time you have free time, it is better to combine your visit with other streets, such as Rustaveli Avenue.
Tip: there is a tourist office in the square. Here you can consult on any questions and get a free map of the city.
Do you want to get to the top of Mount Mtatsminda? Head to the city center. Here begins the tram route that has become a local legend.
You have to travel almost half a kilometer. You will find yourself in the Mtatsminda park. It is equipped at an altitude of over 200 meters. It is very beautiful in here. Fans of picturesque landscapes will be pleased.
When to visit: best to arrive by 9 am. At this time, there are still few tourists. You don't have to wait for your turn.
Tip: the road is illuminated by illumination in the evening and at night. The funicular runs from 4 am. This is a great option for a romantic getaway. Invite your loved one. Try to sit closer to the driver's cab. Hence the excellent review.
Rezo Gabriadze's Puppet Theater
The script for the film “Kin-dza-dza” was written by Rezo Gabriadze. A well-known screenwriter, director has other talents. The famous Chizhik-Pyzhik, installed in St. Petersburg, is his work.
In the early 80s of the last century, Gabriadze became the founder of an unusual theater. He placed his offspring in the walls of the clock tower.
The attraction is world famous. The theater regularly goes on tour, pleases local residents with performances.
Come here with your kids. They'll love it.
When to visit: The institution has its own website. Here you can find the poster and the schedule of performances. Study the document.
Tip: book your tickets. They are extremely rare on the free market.
The cable car originates in Rike Park. It will lead you to the famous Narikala Fortress. All the guests of ancient Tbilisi consider it their duty to ride in a cabin.
Equipped with 7 booths. Each of them can comfortably accommodate a company of 8 people. The trip is safe. All rules are followed.
At the end of the path you will come to an observation deck. From here you have the best views of the ancient city. Be sure to take your camera.
In the park itself, playgrounds and playgrounds are equipped, green labyrinths are arranged, and art objects are erected. People often come here with their children. They can frolic in the fresh air while you take in the views.
When to visit: Cable car tickets go on sale quite late. Ticket offices open only at 10:30 am. But you come early. There are always queues. There are many who want to admire the beauty.
Tip: there are no shops on the top of the mountain. Take food and water with you. Take care of comfortable shoes.
The natural attraction is located on the slope of Mount Mtatsminda. The reservoir cannot boast of size. It became famous for its inhabitants. Turtles once lived here.
Now Turtle Lake is more often chosen for family holidays. Picnics are organized on the coast. There is excellent infrastructure here. There are rental points: you can ride boats or catamarans.
Stores are open. There will be no problem with food.
Children will also like it here. They are equipped with various attractions, play areas. Especially young travelers are attracted by the Flying Turtle carousel. In general, everyone will have fun.
When to visit: pick any free day. The walk will be delayed. You won't want to leave this place.
Tip: Swimming is allowed in the lake. If the weather permits swimming, please bring your swimwear. Come home with a full tan.
The religious monument of the 15th century is better known as the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The valuable Anchi icon was kept within the walls of the monastery for two centuries. Now the image can be seen among the exhibits of the Museum of Art of Georgia. Please visit this facility if you wish.
During its existence, the temple was repeatedly destroyed. Now you see the restored copy.
This is an active shrine. It can be visited by both Orthodox and travelers. Worship services are held daily.
When to visit: On September 21, thousands of pilgrims come here. The Patronal Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos is celebrated. Massive worship services are taking place.
Tip: Be respectful of people's religious beliefs. Choose the appropriate attire for your visit. Women must cover their heads with a scarf. Hats can be taken at the entrance. It's free.
This is the modern part of the city. Here are the buildings of embassies, universities, banks, shopping and entertainment centers.
It is believed that bohemians live here. Luxury housing is very expensive.
Tourists are usually interested in a park located in the center of the area. It is called “Sunny” (Mziuri). The area is interestingly designed. You will recognize the heroes of Nodar Dumbadze.
You can go to Victory Park. It is equipped in honor of the Great Victory won by the Soviet people. The Ethnographic Museum is also located here.
When to visit: The walk can take a whole day. Make sure there are no urgent matters planned. There are many attractions in this area, including the famous Turtle Lake.
Tip: Do you consider yourself a shopaholic? You will not find a better place to visit the shopping center and fashion boutiques. Feel free to go shopping.
Located on the left bank of the Kura. This is the oldest part of Tbilisi. Georgian kings once lived here. Yes, and the Presidential Palace was erected right there.
In general, this is quite a colorful place. Amazing sights have been preserved here. So, you will see:
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In addition, the area is famous for its religious monuments. There are small churches and impressive temples. Pilgrims will be interested.
A full walk around the area will take time. There is something to see here.
In addition, guests of Georgia often choose the area as a place of settlement. Cheap apartments for rent here. You can book a hotel room.
When to visit: choose a day when you are not busy and the weather is comfortable.
Tip: use a guide. Local guides will tell you a lot of interesting things.
Founded during the years of Soviet power. It occupies an impressive area. Tops the list of zoos in Georgia in terms of size. This is the largest object.
The place is suitable for families. You will not only look at animals, birds, reptiles, but you will be able to ride horses, ponies, and visit the attractions.
There is an Equestrian Club at the zoo. If you wish, you can attend a lesson, communicate with thoroughbred horses and learn the basics of riding.
When to visit: The zoo is open daily. It starts receiving visitors from 10 am. We recommend going to the opening. So, you will have time to get acquainted with all the inhabitants of the zoological garden.
Tip: The zoo hosts spectacular events during the holidays. The programs organized in honor of Children's Day and the New Year receive flattering reviews. If your trip coincided with the holidays, be sure to go to the zoo.
Cathedral of the Holy Trinity (Tsminda Sameba)
It is included in the list of the highest Orthodox churches in the world. This is a grand building. It is decorated in the traditions of Georgian Orthodox architecture.
Bricks and earth were used in the construction of masonry. The materials were delivered from Jerusalem. This is a place of pilgrimage.
The main relic is the “Hope of Georgia” icon. The frame is decorated with jewels and gold. Over $20 million was spent on making the image.
When to visit: The cathedral receives visitors daily.
Tip: there are ancient sarcophagi in the underground rooms. Tourists are allowed to see them. Temples live on voluntary donations. You don't need to buy tickets.
The Palace of Queen Darejan
The palace belongs to the monuments of the late 18th century. This building is similar in style to a fortress. It was erected in order to protect the ruler from enemy raids.
The design located around one of the towers is noteworthy. The balcony serves as an excellent viewing platform. The surroundings are visible at a glance.
Actually, the object is a complex of sightseeing objects. The structure includes two temples, a monastery, a house of Mercy. There is a hospice, a free canteen is open.
When to visit: in free time, children will not be interested here.
Tip: an unusual knighting ceremony is regularly organized on the territory of the palace. The event attracts tourists.
Tbilisi TV tower
The first TV tower, built in the middle of the last century, burned down. A new tower was erected in its place. But this design also met with misfortune. In 1994, a fire broke out here again.
The TV tower was saved, the main components were not damaged. Television returned to Georgia.
Now the authorities are concerned about the improvement of the zone. The ultra-modern Mtatsminda Park is being equipped. It is planned to open a restaurant at a height and equip an observation deck.
You can see the attraction when visiting Mount Mtatsminda. The building is visible even at night.
When to visit: come to Mtatsminda Park by 9 am. At this time, funicular trams are already running. You will reach the place in a matter of minutes.
Tip: you can come here as part of a tour. The guide tells interesting stories. At the same time, get acquainted with the neighboring attractions.
Dry Bridge Flea Market
Now this colorful place serves as a reminder of the difficult 90s. Local residents went out to sell unnecessary things, buy something they needed cheaper or exchange.
The flea market has not lost its popularity. It's still crowded here. This is a great place to buy an original souvenir, national sweets, costumes. In addition, connoisseurs of rarity gather here. Among the merchants, you will definitely find someone who offers antique and valuable gizmos.
The original name of the attraction is explained by the fact that a bridge passes nearby. But it is equipped not over the river, but over the highway. The people called him “dry”. Over time, the name stuck and received an official status.
When to visit: it is better to come in the morning. At this time it is not so hot. Sellers give discounts. The market is located near Freedom Square, you can combine a visit to two attractions.
Tip: collectors of medals and old coins come here. This category of people here will be very interesting.
Hospitable Tbilisi welcomes tourists. You will be pleasantly surprised by the abundance of attractions. Of course, in one article it is impossible to describe all the interesting places of the city. We have presented a list of the best of them. Plan your route in advance, so you can see even more natural and historical monuments. A trip to Georgia is a great alternative to traveling to European countries.