Top 5 Places to Visit in Tbilisi

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by Flora Toh and Justyna Mielniklewicz

Unravel the celestial elegance of the Tusheti region, where pristine white clouds spread out to meet exquisite snow-clad mountain terrain. Tbilisi is a place where East truly meets and mixes with West. But there is one rule about Georgia, if you want to fully experience its beauty, you have to open yourself up and leave complaining about the little things back home – because if you do not love Georgia, it will not love you back. Here are the top 5 place to visit in Tbilisi.

1.NARIKALA FORTRESS

An ancient fortress from the fourth century known by locals as the “heart and soul of the city”. Take the tram up for spectacular views of Tbilisi from the top of the hill.

2. ABANOTUBANI
A district in the Old Town famous for its street of public bathhouses, recognisable by their beehive-like domes. Following an invigorating soak in the sulphuric waters, opt for an exfoliating, luxurious hot massage like no other.

3. OLD CITY OF TBILISI
This historic area will bring you back some 1,600 years. Having survived 29 invasions and an earthquake or two, the twisting, cobbled streets, overhanging balconies and slanting houses tell a story no museum can.

4. GEORGIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM

Reinvented in 2004, the museum houses the Dmanisi fossils, the oldest remains of humans discovered outside Africa dating back 1.8 million years. Also, see the magnificent metalwork and gold jewellery of the renowned Golden Fleece exhibit.

5. TSMINDA SAMEBA CATHEDRAL
One of the most sacred places in Georgia, the church symbolises the Georgian land and people. From this holy ground in the Kazbegi Mountains, savour the breathtaking view of snow-capped peaks.

Check out the rest of this article in Asian Geographic No.99 Issue 6/2013 here or download a digital copy here

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