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Red-roofed, low-rise and higgledy-piggledy, Tbilisi has a distinctly cosmopolitan feel. With a population of about 1.5 million, it is a major economic and cultural centre. Tbilisi is famous for its historical monuments and gorgeous architecture, which include the Sioni Cathedral Church that dates from the 5th century and the ancient Narikhala fortress . Visitors can also take in the local theatre scene. Three of the city's most famous and long-established theatres are situated in Rustaveli Avenue, including the Paliashvili Opera House , founded in 1851. Tbilisi is an ancient city, which became the capital of Georgia (Kartli) in 458 A.D. There is a great deal to see even in these difficult times. Unfortunately most of the museums have removed the most valuable parts of their collection to closed archives. But the Djanashia Museum of Georgia, close to the Embassy on Rustaveli Avenue, contains artifacts which cover the entire history of Georgia, from the Paleolithic era through the Soviet period. The Georgian Art Museum is also very close, on Pushkin Square. Some of the better-known Georgian artists whose works you can see there include Lado Gudiashvili, David Kakabadze, Yelena Akhvlediani, and the self-taught artist, Pirosmani. Grishashvili Museum of History and Ethnography at 8 Sioni Street, is located in a restored Caravansarai near the Sioni Cathedral, a pleasant 15 minute walk from the Embassy. The older parts of town are pleasant areas for walking: the area above Freedom Square and Rustaveli Avenue, Leselidze Street which stretches from Freedom Square to the river, and David Aghmashenebeli Avenue. The Central Botanical Gardens are beautiful and located not far from the Embassy. The more adventurous can try hiking up around the old fortress walls. Some impressive monuments include, but are not limited to: -the Metekhi Church (the one that sits above the river on your way to Metekhi Palace Hotel); -Sioni Cathedral, the seat of the Catholicos of the Georgian Orthodox Church, just off Leselidze Street; -the synagogue, on Leselidze St.; -St. David's Church, halfway up the mountain on which the radio tower stands. There are many interesting areas to see on day trips outside of Tbilisi. Services on the road are extremely limited. It would be a good idea to take along extra gasoline, a spare tire, jack and tool kit, a flashlight, some bottled water, a first aid kit, toiletries, etc.

Edited by: vera1984 on 22.04.2004
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vera1984 wrote:

There are lots of interesting places in Tbilisi!! :) For useful information visit --> http://www.info-tbilisi.com



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