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Historie i moderní archnitektura, víno a koňak, to je perla Kavkazu. S cestovatelem Milošem Beranem potřetí do Gruzie

History, modern architecture, wine and cognac, this is the pearl of the Caucasus. With traveler Milos Piran to Georgia for the third time

21.08.2021

Photo: Milos Piran (plus other photos in the article)

to explain: Carved wooden balconies typical of Tbilisi

Photo report Georgia’s capital, often referred to as the Pearl of the Caucasus, is located on the hills surrounding the Mtkvari River. It is located on the border of Europe and Asia and combines elements of socialist realism and oriental medieval architecture, creating an indescribable atmosphere. It is intertwined with narrow streets, cobbled with cats’ heads, and in 2007 it was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

A contrasting mix of ancient Christian relics, standing side by side with the latest architectural structures, chaos, dilapidated colorful houses with typical large glass windows next to wide green boulevards, excellent wine and cognac, Georgian writing everywhere and street-sounding music. It was founded in the 5th century by King Vachtang Gorgasali and was intermittently the region’s capital for more than 1,500 years.

Georgia is a strength in grape growing, comparable to France, for example.  According to archaeological findings, vines grew here about eight thousand years ago.

Georgia is a strength in grape growing, comparable to France, for example. According to archaeological findings, vines grew here about eight thousand years ago.

The city center consists of Freedom Square (Tavisuplebis Moedani) with a large statue of St. George Street and Rustaveli with buildings of the National Museum, the Opera House and Western-style shops. Traditional markets and flea markets can be found nearby. The best view of the city is offered by the ancient Narikala fortress with its high defensive walls and the recently restored St. Nicholas Church. In the Abanotubani area, you can visit the traditional sulfur baths with private marble pools and classic Georgian spa treatments (sources: Here a Here).

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Typical old buildings in Tbilisi

Typical old buildings in Tbilisi

Compare the old and the new.  In the background, the Holy Trinity Cathedral was opened in 2004.

Compare the old and the new. In the background, the Holy Trinity Cathedral was opened in 2004.

Great views of Tbilisi from the huge Holy Trinity Cathedral on the left bank of the Mtkvari River. Although it may look old and well maintained, the construction of the 87-meter-high temple by architect Archil Mindiashvili did not begin until 1995. The architect managed to create a magnificent mausoleum that is the tallest building of the Orthodox Church in the world.

Part of the Holy Trinity Cathedral complex

Part of the Holy Trinity Cathedral complex

Holy Trinity Cathedral

Holy Trinity Cathedral

The whole area consists of a large open and paved complex with a wide view of the old town, and the garden also offers grassy areas to relax. The only thing that can disturb the peace is the relatively large number of visitors. The idea of ​​u200bu200bbuilding a new cathedral appeared in 1989, coinciding with the 1500th anniversary of the founding of the Autonomous Church (the Autonomous Church is a community of Christians that is organizationally and legally independent, therefore it is not subject to any external authority; at the same time 2000 years since the birth of Christ. At the same time, it was 1989 A key year in the national awakening from Soviet domination.

Tbilisi is full of charming nooks and crannies

Tbilisi is full of charming nooks and crannies

Still life with a cat in Tbilisi

Still life with a cat in Tbilisi

Milos Piran

Enter by: Milos Piran