Tbilisi is the capital and the largest city of Georgia. It was founded in the fifth century by the monarch of Georgia’s ancient precursor Kingdom of Kartli (Iberia) Vakhtang Gorgasali and was announced as a capital in the sixth century. According to the census of 2006 its population is 1.480.000 inhabitants and it covers a territory of 726 square kilometers.
Walking tour of Tbilisi begins with the introduction to the Holy Trinity Cathedral – “Tsminda Sameba” also known as “The building of millennium”. Sameba is the biggest orthodox cathedral in Georgia and in Caucasus. Sameba is a synthesis of traditional styles dominating the Georgian church architecture at various stages in history: cross-domed and central-domed.
Next destination is “Metekhi”: “Church of the Blessed Virgin” – was built in the middle of the fifth century and was rebuilt in the 13th century. Here’s erected the equestrian statue of King Vakhtang Gorgasali – founder of the city. In the course of the tour we will visit the fortress complex of “Narikala”, which was first mentioned in chronicles in the middle of VII century.
Walking through the Abanotubani (V – VIII centuries) – district of sulfur baths in the heart of the city. According to legend, the foundation of Tbilisi begins from hot sulfur springs. Here were also conducted archaeological excavations and ancient layers of the city were found. You will have an opportunity to walk down to the waterfall of the river Legvtakhevi through the canyon. “Meidan” is the central square of the old city, which used to be a trading center of the city and now is situated in close proximity to the Shardeni street, which is famous for large number of café-bars. After all this, we will visit the Great Synagogue of Tbilisi (1904-1911), built by Georgian Jews from Akhaltsikhe, which is considered a center of worship of Sephardic Jews of Transcaucasia.
Further - the Sioni Cathedral (VII century) – the most popular and favorite among the residents of Tbilisi. Sacred relic - the Grapevine Cross of Saint Nino from Cappadocia, Equal to the Apostles is being preserved in the Sioni Cathedral.
The Anchiskhati Basilica (VI century) is the oldest cultural and archaeological monument extant with minor modifications. It got the name due to the fact that it has become a haven to miraculous icon of “Savior” from Ancha monastery.
The world-famous Marionette Theater named after Rezo Gabriadze (scenarist of the movie “Mimino”), tickets for the performances of which must be booked a few weeks earlier as the interest in them is large.
By the end of the day you will see panoramic view of Evening Tbilisi from the “Holy Mountain” – Mtatsminda and would visit Pantheon of Georgian writers and public figures (the tomb of A.S. Griboedov).
Note: Depending on any specific wishes of the guests, changes may be applied to the schedule of destinations mentioned in the tour, as well as an optional sightseeing of Tbilisi.