Tbilisi (map), archaic spelling Tiflis, is the capital city of the country of Georgia.
Although the city has been destroyed and rebuilt 29 times, the layout of the Old Town (map) is largely intact with narrow alleys and big crooked houses built around courtyards.
Tbilisi was founded in the 5th century AD by Vakhtang I of Iberia, and since then has served as the capital of various Georgian kingdoms and republics.
Old Tbilisi (Area between Liberty Sq, slopes of the hill of Narikala Fortress and the river, map). Perhaps one of the most distinctive pleasures of walking through the Old City, with its old-style balconies, ancient churches, winding streets, and charming shops.
TKT.ge – Tickets for theater and sports events, trains, and flights.
Be prepared to see a number of eclectic sights, from the abandoned streetcar near Erekle Street to the art galleries of Chardini Street to the stunning modern art lining Sioni Street. Sub-neighborhoods include Sololaki, with its elegant restaurants and art nouveau architecture, Old Tbilisi proper — with sites ranging from churches to mosques to sulfur baths, Betlemi — housing two of the city’s oldest churches and the stunning vistas of the Narikala Fortress — and Mtsasminda, just up the mountain from Rustaveli Avenues, a more sedate.
The Georgian National Museum (map) is the umbrella organisation for a dozen museums and other sites in Tbilisi and elsewhere, with practical info in English.
Open Air Museum of Ethnography (map). Part of the Georgian National Museum. “Skansen”-type museum with 70 houses and other buildings characteristic of the various parts of Georgia, plus household gadgetry and craft tools.
Museum of Fine Arts (map). Large permanent collection from antiquity to present.
Museum of Georgia. Part of the Georgian National Museum, the Museum of Georgia houses Caucasian artefacts of archaeology and ethnography. A permanent exposition follows developments from the Bronze Age to the early 20th century.
Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi (map). Constructed between 1995 and 2004, it is the third-tallest Eastern Orthodox cathedral in the world.