The beautiful New Year illuminations in Tbilisi’s central streets. All photos courtesy of Tbilisi City Hall. CLICK on the logo to visit GEORGIA ABOUT on Facebook and see photos and news about Georgia. Click LIKE on the page and become a friend of GEORGIA ABOUT.
Mushtaid Garden in Tbilisi was established in the 1830’s by Mir-Fatah-Agha, a religious leader (a mujtahid – hence the name Mushtaid). Accused of spying during the Russian-Iranian war he was exiled from Iran in 1828 and granted asylum and 5 hectares of land in Tiflis (the name of Tbilisi during the Russian Empire). After his … Continue reading
The Baratashvili Bridge (Georgian: ბარათაშვილის ხიდი) over the Mtkvari River in Tbilisi is decorated with bronze figures and is often referred to as the Bridge of Love, in reference to its name, honoring the Georgian romanticism poet Nikoloz Baratashvili. The 150 meter bridge was opened in 1966 and replaced the Mukhrani Bridge. The bronze figures … Continue reading
The beautiful Christmas illuminations in Tbilisi’s central streets. All photos courtesy of Tbilisi City Hall CLICK on the logo to visit GEORGIA ABOUT on Facebook and see photos and news about Georgia. Click LIKE on the page and become a friend of GEORGIA ABOUT.
In 1976, the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic was part of the USSR. During the Soviet rule, the country’s capital, Tbilisi, became more industrialised and its population grew significantly. The following black and white photographs, taken in Tbilisi in 1976, reveal glimpses of city life during Soviet times. Photo source: Tbilisi Week CLICK on the logo to visit GEORGIA … Continue reading
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). 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 … Continue reading
On the evening of June 13, a deadly flood tore into Tbilisi sweeping away houses and their inhabitants. At the time of writing, nineteen people are known to have died. It is believed that the flooding was caused by heavy rain and major landslides in two locations near Tskneti and Betania, not far from Tbilisi. … Continue reading
During the Soviet era, Georgia was the “Riviera of the Soviet Union”, with 3 million visitors annually. Georgia appealed to tourists because of its sunny weather, its culture, wines and food, health spas, beaches and skiing. Tourism was centrally planned and the market was monopolized by Intourist, a state owned tourism agency that arranged all holiday … Continue reading
Tbilisoba (Georgian: თბილისობა) is an annual October festival, celebrating the diversity and history of Tbilisi. First held in 1979, the festival entertains Tbilisi residents, visitors and tourists with live music, traditional dance performances, flower and fruit displays, sports and fishing competitions, art and craft exhibitions, an auto show, and food and wine. The festival is centred … Continue reading
Children from Tbilisi’s kindergartens recently celebrated their annual “Autumn Festival” event. The event reflects the culture and traditions of the different regions of Georgia. The children dressed in traditional costume and participated in craft making, poem recitals, singing and games. The children celebrated Rtveli (Georgian: რთველი), the traditional vintage (the process of picking grapes and making … Continue reading
Khudadov forest is located in Nadzaladevi District of Tbilisi and was created in 1893 on the initiative of Dr. Niko Khudadov, an ethnic Armenian and a member of Tbilisi Municipal Administration. The 40 hectare forest was officially opened in 1896 and was intended to be a recreational area for Tbilisi workers. The forest is populated with pine … Continue reading
Tbilisi Airport (Georgian: თბილისის აეროპორტი) is the main international airport in Georgia, located 17 km (11 mi) southeast of the capital Tbilisi. The airport is operated by the Turkish airport operator TAV Airport Holdings and hosts over 20 airlines. It is also a hub for national airline Georgian Airways. From Tbilisi, destinations across Europe, the CIS and … Continue reading
The Tiflis Funicular railway was constructed to develop the uninhabited Mtatsminda plateau that overlooks the city and was opened on 27 March 1905. The railway carriage accommodated up to 50 people and the journey time was 6 minutes. Vaso Kvavilashvili, the first locomotive-driver of the Funicular recalls: “At first people feared that the rope might … Continue reading
In his blog, “Smart Cities for Dummies,” published last November, Dan Hoornweg contends: “At its core a smart city is a welcoming, inclusive city, an open city. By being forthright with citizens, with clear accountability, integrity, and fair and honest measures of progress, cities get smarter.” Tbilisi is fast becoming known as a smart city … Continue reading
Two Georgian initiatives were awarded prestigious United Nations Public Service Awards at a ceremony held in New York in June 2012. The Ministry of Justice was given an award in the category of “Improving the Delivery of Public Services” for its public service halls, and the Civil Service Bureau won an award in the category “Preventing … Continue reading
Tbilisi is about 278 km (173 miles) from the sea but Tbilisians don’t have to travel that far to sunbathe on a beach – they go to Tbilisi Sea. Located to the north-east of the city, Tbilisi Sea (Georgian: თბილისის ზღვა) is a large artificial lake just 20 minutes drive from the city center. It is a … Continue reading