About Sights – The Baratashvili Bridge in Tbilisi

Bronze figures on the Baratashvili Bridge over the Mtkvari River in Tbilisi. Photo by Georgia About.

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

About Sights – The Bridge of Peace at Night

Tbilisi's Bridge of Peace and Narikala Castle illuminated at night

The wavy steel and glass canopy of the Bridge of Peace (Georgian: მშვიდობის ხიდი) pedestrian bridge that spans the Mtkvari River in Tbilisi is fitted with thousands of LED lights that are switched on 90 minutes before sunset, illuminating the river and the buildings on both banks. The 150 meter (490 ft) bridge was designed by the Italian architect Michele De Lucchi and was … Continue reading

About Sights – Tbilisi’s Old Town in Winter

Tbilisi's Old Town and Narikala Castle in Winter

Tbilisi’s Old Town is picturesque all year and especially so in winter. The Old Town (Georgian: ძველი თბილისი) is one of the oldest parts of the city and nestles on the mountainside under the 4th century Narikala fortress (Georgian: ნარიყალა). The Old Town is part of the Tbilisi Historic District and contains a number of officially designated … Continue reading

About Sights – Rike Park in Tbilisi

Rike_Park. Photo by Kober, via Wikimedia Commons.

Rike Park (Georgian: რიყის პარკი) is a public recreation area in Tbilisi, popular with families, tourists and residents out for a stroll. During summer evenings, a music and light show accompanies a choreographed fountain display. Located on the left bank of the Mtkvari River the park is easy to access from the Old Town via … Continue reading

About Sights – Atskuri Fortress

Atskuri Fortress. Photo by travelgeorgia.ru, via Wikimedia Commons.

Built in the 10th century, Atskuri Fortress (Georgian: აწყურის ციხე) occupied a highly defensible position on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Mtkvari River, near Borjomi in Samtskhe-Javakheti region. Atskuri was the last of the major fortifications along the Mtkvari River and of significant strategic importance. If it fell, southern Georgia would be open to enemy … Continue reading

About Sights – Concert Hall and Exhibition Center in Tbilisi

Concert Hall and Exhibition Center in Rike Park. Photo courtesy of Tbilisi Government.

A new concert hall/exhibition center is nearing completion in Rike Park on the left bank of the Mtkvari River in Tbilisi. Its designer is Massimiliano Fuksas, whose other works include the nearby Tbilisi Public Service Hall. Add it to your list of sights to see in Tbilisi! Photos courtesy of the President’s Administration and Tbilisi Government. … Continue reading