What to see IN GEORGIA’S CAPITAL

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DIANA ANFIMIADI – POET

THE OLD PART OF TBILISI – I highly recommend listening to “The literary bohemia of Old Tbilisi” by Ioseb Grishashvili while walking, the main focus point: Grishashvili’s museum in Ortachala showcasing rare books of the Ashiks, a collection of unique musical instruments and a fantastic library. From there it is best to take a walk along one of the old streets in Avlabari and enjoy the multicultural atmosphere and special linguistic diversity.

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THE MAIN ENTRANCES OF SOLOLAKI BUILDINGS – It is so interesting to see the wonderful adornment on the main entrances of houses on Leonidze, Machabeli and Ingorokva streets.

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THE TRIP FROM ASATIANI STREET TO BETLEMI AND KLDISUBANI – Betlemi’s staircase, upper and lower Betlemi churches, St. Giorgi church in Kldisubani and Ateshga, the fire temple and the signs of Zoroastrianism.

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THE OLD CEMETERY OF KUKIA- I recommend strolling through it with someone who knows Georgian so you can understand the inscriptions on the old grave stones. You’ll be sure to come across some awesome monuments- go and dive into the urban legends of Tbilisi.

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THE CHILDREN’S PALACE GARDEN – The Children’s Palace is a fascinating architectural complex on Rustaveli Avenue with theatrical and mirror halls and history – a center of Russian colonialism and later a cradle of independence. It is so exciting to stroll through the palace halls, feel the grandeur of the past and at the same time hear the voices of children in different rooms – a kind of symbolic conception of combining past and future. From the Palace you should definitely go to its marvelous garden, check out the rare plants there and catch a glimpse of the beautiful balcony looking out over the garden.

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