Armenian Cathedral of St George


This large cathedral just above Meidan was founded in 1251, though the current structure dates mainly from the 18th century. Its interior has colourful 18th-century frescoes, and was restored by the Armenian diaspora in 2012–15. King Erekle II’s famed Armenian court poet Sayat Nova was killed here during the Persian invasion of 1795. His tomb is just outside the main door.

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1. Meidan

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In tsarist times Meidan was the site of Tbilisi’s bustling main bazaar. Today it's busy with traffic but opens to the Metekhi Bridge over the Mtkvari –…

2. Narikala Fortress


Dominating the Old Town skyline, Narikala dates right back to the 4th century, when it was a Persian citadel. Most of the walls were built in the 8th…

3. Cable Car

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Tbilisi's most exhilarating ride is its massively popular cable car, which swings from the south end of Rike Park high over the Mtkvari River and the Old…

4. Abanotubani

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The brick domes rising here are the roofs of subterranean bathhouses, the Abanotubani. Alexanders Dumas and Pushkin both bathed in these sulphurous waters…

5. Metekhi Church

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The landmark Metekhi Church, and the 1960s equestrian statue of King Vakhtang Gorgasali beside it, occupy the strategic rocky outcrop above the Metekhi…

6. Mosque

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7. Tbilisi History Museum

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8. Jvaris Mama Church

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Little Jvaris Mama stands on a site where a church has stood since the 5th century. The current incarnation dates from the 16th century and its interior…