Tbilisi, Georgia’s capital, is full of interesting places to explore. Visitors will find modern and old landmarks that make the capital unique. For spots that you’ll want to take photos of to fill your Instagram account, here are some of the most photogenic sites in Tbilisi.
Abanotubani is a Georgian term for the sulfur bath district in the old town. Easily noticeable with dome-shaped roofs scattering the area, the baths have natural spring water that is believed to have health and skin benefits.
Often called Tchreli Abano, ‘colourful baths’, the Orbeliani Bath House is one of the most beautiful architectural landmarks of the city with its colourful mosaics that adorn the exterior. Most of the bathhouses in the area date back to the 17th century and still have traces of Iranian architecture. However, this particular bath house was refurbished in an Asian style in the 19th century.
Among the first modern structures in the capital, Peace Bridge is a glass-and-steel pedestrian bridge connecting Erekle II Street and Rike Park over the Mtkvari River. This bow-shaped landmark is 150-meters (492-feet) long and is illuminated with thousands of LED lights that switch on about 90 minutes before the sun sets.
Overlooking the Abanotubani, Narikala Fortress is the only remaining citadel of the city. This brick castle was built in the 4th century during the Persian rule. Walk up the steep hill or take a tramway from Rike Park to snap some shots of the breath-taking views of Mtkvari River, Rike Park and parts of the old town.
The Kaleidoscope House, as its been deemed by locals, dates back to the 19th century. Located on Betlemi Street, it is often visited by tourists and locals who want to admire the colourful stained glass décor, which has been very well preserved.
Adorning Shavteli Street, this clock tower is an iconic Tbilisi sight. A small angel comes out of the clock and rings a bell with a hammer every hour, but make sure to come at noon or 7pm to see a small puppet show called The Circle of Life.
What used to be a Soviet sewing factory is now a popular gathering place for many locals and visiors of Tbilisi. Fabrika is a multi-functional space that incorporates a hostel, cafés, co-working space, shops and more. It’s a great spot to see the street art and hipster scene of the capital.