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A Cultural and Architectural Melting Pot

Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, was founded in the 5th century. Stretching along the river Mtkvari and surrounded by mountains, it enjoys a uniquely picturesque landscape that has shaped the city’s development down through its 1,500 years, during which it witnessed a number of cataclysmic events. 

Tbilisi’s foundation is attributed to King Vakhtang Gorgasali who, the legend goes, was hunting pheasant in the area when his hawk fell into a hot sulfuric spring and was killed. In fact tbilisi means “warm” in Georgian. The city’s strategic location on the crossroads of the main trade routes from Europe to India and China, and from Asia Minor and the Middle East to the North, ensured its rapid growth. Its strategic location also meant continual invasion by Arabs, Mongols, Persians and Ottomans. Yet Tbilisi always threw off the...

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