- Feb 13, 2016
Tbilisi is a capital and the largest city of Georgia, spread up to 350 square kilometers now, was built in the 5th century along the twisting valley of the Mtkvari River. Inhabited roughly with 1.5 million people. Tbilisi was and still consists to be the home to people of diverse cultural , ethnic and religious backgrounds. Tbilisi’s early history is connected to a one old legend , that nowadays Tbilisi’s territory was covered with forest ( approximately in 458s) when one day King Vakhtang I Gorgasali decided to hunt in the dark wooden territory near Tbilisi with a sparrow-hawk. Which during the hunting allegedly caught the pheasant, when they both fell into a nearby hot sulfur spring an died. The King was so impressed with this hot springs that he ordered to cut down the forest and built a city in this place. From here comes the etymology of name Tbilisi- Tfili (old name Tiflis) which in English refers to a word “warm”.
King Dachi I Ujarmeli , King Vakhtang I ‘s son moved the capital from Mtskheta to Tbilisi by will of his father. Afterwards during reign of Dachi I the city become a hot point, trade center ( Silk Road), connecting gate Asia to Europe. Which is not loosing its importance nor in a present-day by presenting an important transit route for global energy and trade facilities. Tbilisi is quite old city survived a numerous attacks and conquest from Mongols, Iranians, Russians and still stands proudly with it greatness, brilliant future and worthy past. Tbilisi is a city where up-dated infrastructure is chained to the ancient one. This town can’t leave indifferent any passers-by. As the fine places worth to see are dozens in Tbilisi. What is more about an old part of the city, there an antiquity places are located side-by-side and is easily walkable.
You can start from the 13th century Metekhi church, continue to the Synagogue, Syoni Cathedral and Anchiskhati Basilica. Afterwards approach the 4th century Narikala Fortress, on the cable cab, from which you can enjoy a picturesque panoramic view of Tbilisi. And then walk to the brick-domed Sulfur Baths (tried on yourself) and botanical garden. Besides that breathtaking modern and old monuments in Tbilisi you can get enamored with a narrow down streets and surfaced roads leading you to the superb views opened with different perspectives all the time.
Climate: A humid subtropical climate. The average annual temperature in Tbilisi is 12.7 °C (54.9 °F). January is the coldest month with an average temperature of 0.9 °C . July is the hottest month with an average temperature of 24.4 °C .