Presidential Palace


Georgia’s presidential palace, which is not open to visitors, was a Saakashvili-era prestige project that opened in 2009. Its ultraclassical portico is surmounted by a large, egg-shaped, glass dome, and the overall impression is one of architectural poverty. Georgia's current president, Salome Zurabishvili, lives elsewhere, however, and the palace is used just for ceremonies.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Tbilisi attractions

1. Concert Hall & Exhibition Centre

0.11 MILES

The two large tubular metallic structures at the north end of Rike Park were commissioned from Italian architect Massimiliano Fuksas during the…

2. Rike Park

0.18 MILES

This green expanse along the eastern riverbank, with its winding paths, pools and fountains, is joined to the west side of the Mtkvari by the Bridge of…

3. Anchiskhati Basilica

0.23 MILES

Tbilisi’s oldest surviving church is perhaps its loveliest. Built by King Gorgasali’s son Dachi in the 6th century, it's a three-nave basilica whose…

4. Bridge of Peace

0.23 MILES

The Bridge of Peace, a rather incongruously modern glass-and-steel footbridge over the Mtkvari with a totally unnecessary roof, was designed by Italian…

5. Clock Tower

0.24 MILES

One of old Tbilisi's most emblematic structures is also one of its newest, a higgledy-piggledy clock tower, built by puppet master Rezo Gabriadze during a…

7. Tsminda Sameba Cathedral


The biggest symbol of the Georgian Orthodox Church's post-Soviet revival towers on Elia Hill above Avlabari. Tsminda Sameba, unmissable by night and day,…

8. Public Service Hall

0.31 MILES

Nicknamed the Umbrellas, this building by Italian Massimiliano Fuksas is the biggest of a dozen Public Service Halls opened in new, contemporary buildings…