On the banks of the river Mtkvari lies the largest city and the capital of Georgia, Tbilisi. About 1.5 million of the nearly 5 million inhabitants of Georgia live in the capital. Tbilisi is a western city with modern buildings, but at the same time old Tbilisi is well preserved. In Tbilisi you literally walk in history and in the future.Yerevan is the capital of Armenia and also the largest city in the country. The city is located in the Ararat Plain and lies on the river Hrazdan. The city has about 1.2 million inhabitants and is the administrative, cultural and industrial center of the country. Yerevan is known for its hospitable population, it is an atmospheric city with cozy cafes, delicious restaurants and a vibrant nightlife for young people.

Tbilisi

Legend

According to legend, the current Tbilisi was uninhabited and covered with forests up to 458 n. Chr. King Vakhtang Gorasali (447-502) went hunting with a falcon in the area. The falcon caught a pheasant and both fell into the nearby hot spring. The king was so impressed by the discovery of the source that he decided to build a city on this site. The city he called 'Tbilisi', which means warm location, and refers to the hot springs.

Legend

According to legend, the current Tbilisi was uninhabited and covered with forests up to 458 n. Chr. King Vakhtang Gorasali (447-502) went hunting with a falcon in the area. The falcon caught a pheasant and both fell into the nearby hot spring. The king was so impressed by the discovery of the source that he decided to build a city on this site. The city he called 'Tbilisi', which means warm location, and refers to the hot springs

History

Tbilisi is in the 5th century AD. Chr. founded and has been the capital of the various kingdoms throughout the centuries. The city lies at the crossroads from east to west, as a result it was a controversial point between different world powers throughout history.

From the 12-13th century, Tbilisi became a dominant regional power with a flourishing economy and a well-established social structure. The city also became an important literary and cultural center. This period is often called the Georgian Golden Age or the Georgian Renaissance.

This lasted only a century and in 1236 Georgia came under Mongol rule. In 1320 the Mongols were forcibly expelled from the country and Georgia became an independent state with Tbilisi as its capital. Several raids followed after the plague. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the current Republic of Georgia arose, but that did not end the turmoil. In 2003, the so-called Rose Revolution, which resulted in a more stable city with an improved economy.

Nowadays, the tourism industry flourishes in this modern city, which has retained its centuries-old charms. A picturesque architecture and vibrant art and culture make the city attractive and inviting.

History

Tbilisi is in the 5th century AD. Chr. founded and has been the capital of the various kingdoms throughout the centuries. The city lies at the crossroads from east to west, as a result it was a controversial point between different world powers throughout history.

From the 12-13th century, Tbilisi became a dominant regional power with a flourishing economy and a well-established social structure. The city also became an important literary and cultural center. This period is often called the Georgian Golden Age or the Georgian Renaissance.

This lasted only a century and in 1236 Georgia came under Mongol rule. In 1320 the Mongols were forcibly expelled from the country and Georgia became an independent state with Tbilisi as its capital. Several raids followed after the plague. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the current Republic of Georgia arose, but that did not end the turmoil. In 2003, the so-called Rose Revolution, which resulted in a more stable city with an improved economy.

Nowadays, the tourism industry flourishes in this modern city, which has retained its centuries-old charms. A picturesque architecture and vibrant art and culture make the city attractive and inviting.

In honor of the 1500 years of the Georgian Orthodox Church, the Sameba Cathedral was built. The cathedral with nine chapels, beautiful gardens and an underground section is well worth a visit!