About Sights – Tbilisi’s Old Town District

Tbilisi’s Old Town (Georgian: ძველი თბილისი) is one of the oldest parts of the city and nestles on the mountainside under Narikala fortress (Georgian: ნარიყალა).

Tbilisi's Old Town District. Photo by Georgia About

Tbilisi’s Old Town District. Photo by Georgia About

The Old Town is part of the Tbilisi Historic District and contains a number of officially designated monuments, churches, cobbled streets and picturesque pastel colored wooden houses with open, carved balconies. The houses are mainly 19th century as much of the city was destroyed by the devastating Persian invasion of 1795.

Tbilisi's Old Town District. Photo by Georgia About

Tbilisi’s Old Town District. Photo by Georgia About

Much of the Old Town has been restored under a scheme introduced by the Tbilisi government in 2009. Called “New Life for Old Tbilisi”, the scheme is restoring and rehabilitating Tbilisi’s historical districts and neighborhoods.

Tbilisi's Old Town District. Photo by Georgia About

Tbilisi’s Old Town District. Photo by Georgia About

A colorful house in Tbilisi's Old Town District. Photo by Georgia About

A colorful house in Tbilisi’s Old Town District. Photo by Georgia About

Tbilisi's Old Town District. Photo by Georgia About

Tbilisi’s Old Town District. Photo by Georgia About

Balconies in Tbilisi's Old Town District. Photo by Georgia About

Balconies in Tbilisi’s Old Town District. Photo by Georgia About

The Old Town contains the only functioning mosque in the city. Built in the 19th century, its slender red-brick minaret is easy to spot from a distance.

The minaret of the mosque in Tbilisi's Old Town District. Photo by Georgia About

The minaret of the mosque in Tbilisi’s Old Town District. Photo by Georgia About

The Old Town contains the “Abanotubani” district where there is a whole street (Abanos kucha) of public bathhouses that use the sulphurous waters of the many hot springs in this area.

Abanotubani in Tbilisi's Old Town District. Photo by Georgia About

Abanotubani in Tbilisi’s Old Town District. Photo by Georgia About

Abanotubani is the place, where according to legend, King Vakhtang Gorgasali’s falcon fell, leading to the discovery of the hot springs and, subsequently the founding of a new capital. The bathhouses are located below ground level with only beehive-like domes visible on the surface.

View from inside a dome of a bath house in Tbilisi's Old Town District. Photo by Georgia About

View from inside a dome of a bath house in Tbilisi’s Old Town District. Photo by Georgia About

All photos by Georgia About.

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