About Sights – Old City Wall in Tbilisi’s Pushkin Street

Pushkin Street is one of six streets that radiate out from Freedom Square in Tbilisi. Named after the famous Russian poet and author Alexander Pushkin, the street underwent refurbishment in 2012 during which part of the city’s XII – XIII century fortified wall was discovered.

Old Tbilisi City Wall on display in Puskin Street

Old Tbilisi City Wall on display in Puskin Street

The remains of several towers were also discovered.

Discovery of Old Tbilisi City Wall in Puskin Street

Discovery of Old Tbilisi City Wall in Puskin Street

The wall was described in an atlas created by the Georgian cartographer Vakhushti Bagrationi Batonishvili in 1735.

Atlas created by the Georgian cartographer Vakhushti Bagrationi Batonishvili in 1735.

Atlas created by the Georgian cartographer Vakhushti Bagrationi Batonishvili in 1735.

The walls have multiple layers – evidence of Tbilisi having been repeatedly destroyed by invaders, requiring its fortifications to be rebuilt.

Old Tbilisi City Wall Discovered in Puskin Street

Old Tbilisi City Wall Discovered in Puskin Street

This part of the city wall was eventually destroyed in 1801 during the annexation by the Russian Empire but parts remained buried beneath subsequent construction of roads and buildings.

Old Tbilisi City Wall Discovered in Puskin Street

Old Tbilisi City Wall Discovered in Puskin Street

Fragments of glazed pottery from the XII century were also discovered.

12th Century glazed pottery found during excavations in Pushkin Street in Tbilisi

12th Century glazed pottery found during excavations in Pushkin Street in Tbilisi

A pedestrian precinct containing walkways and bridges has been created around the 110 meter wall fragment enabling visitors to view this unique part of Tbilisi’s rich history.

A pedestrian precinct containing walkways and bridges has been created around the 110 meter wall fragment

Photos courtesy of Tbilisi Government.

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2 Responses to “About Sights – Old City Wall in Tbilisi’s Pushkin Street”
  1. puzzleblume says:

    This is amazing. Hard to believe, this pottery was that old, so timeless looking.

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