Although, there’re so many destinations that can’t be neglected during trip around Georgia, every traveler must come to Tbilisi. The capital of Georgia is a multi-ethnic, diverse in religions city with rich cultural heritage. The city doesn’t have distinctive European or Asian style, but has fascinating atmosphere and charm; there’s an endless amount of places to visit in Tbilisi.
Nearness to the Great Silk Road and location on the crossroads of Asia and Europe contributed to development of the city and its diversity in every aspect. Architecture of the city is a mix of neoclassical, Stalinist, Modern, and medieval styles. It was founded in the 5th century AD by Vakhtag I of Iberia, named after Sulphur hot springs that translates as “warm location”; “tbili” is “warm” in Georgian. The legend says that King Vakhtag I of Iberia went on a hunt and ended in the of modern Tbilisi, but back then it was just a forest. The King let his falcon to pursue a wounded pheasant, but both birds hid out of his sight. Later, the birds were found boiled in one of hot springs. The King Vakhtag ordered to establish a city near those springs.
Tbilisi has so many places to visit and so much to offer; there’s Abanotubani or the Old Town for anyone who wants to enjoy those famous Sulphur hot springs, look at traditional houses, and visit some of the most significant monuments: Sioni Cathedral, Metekhi Church, and Narikala Fortress. There’s thriving heart of the city – Rustaveli Avenue. It was named after one of the most famous Georgian poets and has opera houses, theaters, cafes, ad shops.
There’s the National Museum of History and the National Art Museum to observe one-of-a-kind collections and historical treasuries. Apart from many breathtaking places to visit in Tbilisi, the Georgians will amaze any traveler with their heart-warming hospitality. They believe that very guest is gift of God, there’s even a local proverb.