The social hub of the area is further south – Tbilisi’s famed sulphur baths, the Abanotubani . Alexanders Dumas and Pushkin both bathed...
This place offers cocktails and DJs in a long space with two dance areas and ample outdoor loungers too.
Hotel Kopala’s restaurant has one of the best views in the city and serves some of the best Georgian food and wines with a fairly...
Metekhis aghmarti · interesting places nearby
Metekhi Church information
The Metekhi Church, and the 1960s equestrian statue of King Vakhtang Gorgasali beside it, occupy the strategic rocky outcrop above the Metekhi Bridge. This is where Vakhtang Gorgasali built his palace and the site’s original church, when he made Tbilisi his capital in the 5th century. King David the Builder had a palace and church here too – they were destroyed during the Mongol invasion in 1235. The existing church was built by King Demetre Tavdadebuli (the Self-Sacrificing) between 1278 and 1289, and has been reconstructed many times since. It is thought to be a deliberate copy of King David’s 12th-century church. The tomb of the Christian martyr St Shushanik – tortured by her husband in 544 for refusing to convert to Zoroastrianism – is to the left of the icon screen.