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Tbilisi Travel Guide

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Abanotubani, Tbilisi © Raye Fukuda, www.r-flux.com

Located in eastern Georgia, in the foothills of the Trialeti Mountains, Tbilisi was founded in the 5th century by King Vakhtang Gorgasali and has served as Georgia's capital for over a thousand years.

Despite being destroyed and rebuilt nearly 30 times, Tbilisi has largely retained its old-world charm and visitors will love strolling through the narrow alleyways of Old Tbilisi. The city's architecture is now an eclectic mix of medieval, classical, and Soviet buildings, which reflects its diverse population.

Getting around in Tbilisi is relatively easy thanks to a good public transport system; the main mode of transport is by bus and minibus, and there is a metro system running daily until midnight.

Most attractions in Tbilisi are located relatively close to the city centre, including the Janashia Museum, the Museum of Art, the Anchiskhati Church, and the Saturday flea market.

Old Tbilisi offers its own attractions, including the Royal and Sulfur Baths, the Narikala Fortress, and the art galleries of Chardini Street. It is home to some attractive neighbourhoods with unique architecture that are worth exploring, including Sololaki, Betelmi, and Mtsasminda.

There are several stunning lakes located just outside the city that are popular as weekend excursions from Tbilisi. Turtle Lake offers paddle boats, mountain and city views, and some good hikes, and is near the G. Chitaia Ethnographical Open-Air Museum. Another popular option is Lake Lisi, a larger lake that is better for swimming.

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