About Sights – Tbilisi’s Traditional Architecture

Tbilisi’s traditional houses, with their wooden and wrought iron balconies, are undeniably beautiful and one of the city’s best known historical features. Many of the houses date from the 19th century as much of the city was destroyed by the devastating Persian invasion of 1795.

Traditional house in Tbilisi. Photo by Pablo Ferrari

Traditional house in Tbilisi. Photo by Pablo Ferrari

Closer inspection often reveals weathered beams, peeling paint and potentially dangerous structural problems – a sad testament to a lack of maintenance and neglect. Due to the high cost of restoration, many have been lost to demolition and others are at risk.

Traditional house in Tbilisi. Photo by Pablo Ferrari

Traditional house in Tbilisi. Photo by Pablo Ferrari

Fortunately, efforts are being made to protect and preserve these architectural gems and it is hoped that the city’s traditional balconied houses will remain part of Tbilisi’s architectural heritage for many years to come.

Traditional house in Tbilisi. Photo by Pablo Ferrari

Traditional house in Tbilisi. Photo by Pablo Ferrari

Traditional house in Tbilisi. Photo by Pablo Ferrari

Traditional house in Tbilisi. Photo by Pablo Ferrari

Traditional house in Tbilisi. Photo by Pablo Ferrari

Traditional house in Tbilisi. Photo by Pablo Ferrari

Exterior staircase on a traditional house in Tbilisi. Photo by Pablo Ferrari

Exterior staircase on a traditional house in Tbilisi. Photo by Pablo Ferrari

Photos by Pablo Ferrari. Flickr: https://flic.kr/ps/2mz4c4

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