Tbilisi is the capital of Georgia, where Georgians gravitate when they seek excitement and action, where history comes alive in a dramatic hillside setting and where ancient Eurasian crossroads meet a modern city looking forward to the future. The capital is gaining a new dimension as its cultural scene grows, prestigious new building projects develop and more and more restaurants, shops and leisure facilities move in. The beating heart of the region, Tbilisi should not be missed by any traveler to the Caucasus.
Best Time to Visit
If you are planning a Travel to Georgia then the best time to visit is from June to August.
Top Places to Visit in Tbilisi
1. Open-Air Museum of Ethnography
The museum, located near Vake Park, features almost 70 traditional houses imported from around the country. Spread over the wooded hillside, exploring the museum is like taking a walk both through the country and through time. The mostly wooden buildings are outfitted with traditional utensils, tools, furnishings and rugs, and the archaeological section includes a 6th-century basilica.
2. Narikala Fortress
The history of Tbilisi comes alive even more at the Narikala Fortress. Construction on the citadel began in the 4th century, but most of what remains today was built in the 8th century. The Turks, Persians and Georgians all left their mark on the iconic building, creating an interesting visual timeline of the area’s history. Although an 1827 explosion left the fortress in ruins, the interior Church of St. Nicholas was rebuilt in the 1990s, restoring it to its original majestic glory. Even if history is not your passion, you can appreciate the superb views of the city from the top of the fortress.
3. Holy Trinity Cathedral
Known to the locals as Tsminda Sameba. Impossible to miss as the crowning glory of Elia Hill, the cathedral is the largest and most important symbol of the country’s post-Soviet religious revival. It is also a stunning example of traditional Georgian architecture. The marble, concrete, granite and brick building culminates in a gold-covered cross that towers above the central dome at 84 meters. Inside, the highlight is an elaborately illuminated copy of the New Testament encased in a jewel-studded silver cover near the altar.
4. Museum of Georgia
The Museum of Georgia is also worth a visit to learn more about the country’s history and culture. Throughout the main rooms, visitors come face to face with pieces like 1.75-million-year-old skulls, pre-Christian relics, dazzling gold artifacts and items from the Soviet occupation. Individually, these pieces are interesting, but together they paint a fascinating picture of the country’s story.
5. Vake Park District
The Old Town’s twisting alleys and hidden courtyards, the high-arched Georgian Parliament building, the main artery of Rustavelis Gamziri, Mount Mtatsminda, the Statue of Karlis Deda and Abanotubani, the sulphur baths that once hosted Pushkin and Alexander Dumas.