Architecture in Tbilisi

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A short walk south from Meidan, a collection of strange brick domes rises from the ground behind a small park. These are Tbilisi’s famed sulphur baths, the Abanotubani. Alexanders Dumas and Pushkin both bathed here, the latter describing it as the best bath he’d ever had. The domes are the roofs of subterranean bathhouses. Outwardly more impressive, the above-ground Orbeliani Baths have a Central Asian feel to their blue-tile facade.