It’s easy to wander for a couple of hours in these tree-filled and waterfall-dotted gardens, which stretch more than a kilometre up the valley beneath the cliffs of Narikala Fortress. They were opened in 1845 on what had earlier been royal gardens.

On the way up to the gardens you pass a red-brick mosque dating from 1895 – the only mosque in Tbilisi to survive Lavrenty Beria’s purges of the 1930s. The interior is prettily frescoed and visitors are welcome to enter (after removing shoes).