About Sights – Narikala Castle at Night

Narikala (Georgian: ნარიყალა) is an ancient fortress on a steep hill overlooking the Mtkvari River in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. At night, the walls and towers of this imposing castle are illuminated, creating a dramatic backdrop to the balconied houses of the Old Town.

Narikala Fortress illuminated at night

Narikala Fortress illuminated at night

The fortress overlooks the bow shaped Bridge of Peace (Georgian: მშვიდობის ხიდი) pedestrian bridge that spans the Mtkvari River. The bridge is fitted with thousands of LED lights that are switched on 90 minutes before sunset, illuminating the river and the buildings on its banks.

Narikala Castle and the Bridge of Peace illuminated at night

Narikala Castle and the Bridge of Peace illuminated at night

The Metekhi Church and the equestrian statue of King Vakhtang Gorgasali look out across the Mtkvari River towards the castle.

Narikala Castle and the Metekhi Bridge

Narikala Castle and the Metekhi Bridge

Nestled beneath the illuminated walls of the castle, the Old Town (Georgian: ძველი თბილისი) is popular with Tbilisi residents as well as tourists who come to enjoy its unique atmosphere, shops, superb restaurants and music.

Narikala Castle above the Old Town of Tbilisi

Narikala Castle above the Old Town of Tbilisi

St. Nicolas church stands in the lower court of the castle. Newly built (1996-1997), it replaces the original 13th century church that was destroyed in a fire.

St. Nicolas church inside the walls of Narikala Castle

St. Nicolas church inside the walls of Narikala Castle

Narikala Castle above the bow shaped Bridge of Peace

Narikala Castle above the bow shaped Bridge of Peace

Photos courtesy of Tbilisi Government.

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