Kartlis Deda

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This 20m-tall aluminium symbol of Tbilisi holds a sword in one hand and a cup of wine in the other – a classic metaphor for the Georgian character, warmly welcoming guests and passionately fighting off enemies. It's a short walk along the ridge from Narikala Fortress and the cable-car station.

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1. Shahtakhti Fortress

0.12 MILES

The ruined Shahtakht Fortress on the Sololaki Ridge once housed an Arab observatory.

2. Botanical Gardens

0.21 MILES

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 behind the…

3. Jvaris Mama Church

0.23 MILES

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…

4. Norasheni Church

0.25 MILES

The large Armenian Norasheni Church, dating from 1793, has been long disused but tentative (and still incomplete) renovations began in 2015.

5. Armenian Cathedral of St George

0.28 MILES

This large cathedral just above Meidan was founded in 1251, though the current structure dates mainly from the 18th century. Its interior has colourful…

6. Tbilisi History Museum

0.28 MILES

The eclectic exhibits here, housed in an old caravanserai, range from models and photos to high-society and folk costumes from the 19th century, and…

7. Narikala Fortress

0.29 MILES

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…

8. Sioni Cathedral

0.29 MILES

Sioni was originally built in the 6th and 7th centuries, but has been destroyed and rebuilt many times, and what you see today is mainly 13th century. It…