Georgian Chronicles – Abanotubani

Georgian Chronicles – Abanotubani

Abanotubani is an integral part of the history of Georgia in general and Tbilisi in particular. Located at the eastern bank of Mtkvari river, Abanotubani is today referred in many names –  old city, bath district, historical district and the list goes on. As per legend, King of Iberia Vakhtang Gorgasali made Tbilisi his capital after discovering the hot springs in Abanotubani during one of his hunting expeditions. The hot springs that we see in Abanotubani today stands a testimony to this legend. Continue reading “Georgian Chronicles – Abanotubani”

Georgian Chronicles – The Sameba Cathedral

Georgian Chronicles – The Sameba Cathedral

 

After a short break, I return to continue my series of posts inspired from my trip to Gerogia. I realize that there is still a lot to write and have to go on an overdrive if I have to complete it any time soon. There is no better place than the Sameba Cathedral to restart my journey.  Continue reading “Georgian Chronicles – The Sameba Cathedral”

Georgian Chronicles – Narikala Fortress

Georgian Chronicles – Narikala Fortress

After Kartlis Deda, our next destination was Narikala Fortress. The Narikala fortress has been dominating the Tbilisi skyline since the 4th century. The fortress has two walled sections on a steep hill with Abanotubani (old part of the city) on one side and the botanical garden on the other side. Continue reading “Georgian Chronicles – Narikala Fortress”

Georgian Chronicles – Kartlis Deda

Georgian Chronicles – Kartlis Deda

Kartlis Deda, a 20 meter aluminium statue stands tall overlooking the city of Tbilisi. Kartlis Deda translates to Mother of a Kartli. The eastern region which Tbilisi is part of was known as Kartli historically and hence the name. Today Kartlis Deda is described as the Mother of all Georgians. Continue reading “Georgian Chronicles – Kartlis Deda”

Georgian Chronicles – City of Tibilisi

Georgian Chronicles – City of Tibilisi

The city of Tibilisi is said to have been founded by the Iberian King Vakhtang I Gorgasali. The popular legend says that the present location where the city stands was an uninhabited forest area until the second half of the fourth century. As per the account,King Vakhtang went hunting into this forest area where his falcon caught a pheasant and both the birds in the bargain fell into the hot spring and died. The King was impressed by the discovery and decided to build a city around the location. Continue reading “Georgian Chronicles – City of Tibilisi”