Tucked away in a hillock in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah is the Dhayah Fort. The Dhayah oasis is believed to have been occupied since the last 5000 years. The conical shaped hill at the edge of the oasis and foot of the mountains served as a natural defense post for many centuries.
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As we finished our tour of Abanotubani, there was another issue that needed immediate attention – the rumblings of our stomach. We decided to try some local fares and chose a local restaurant suggested by our guide Nini. We were so hungry that I even forgot to click some pictures. Made a mental note to take some pictures of the local Georgian food the next time. After a quick lunch it was again time to explore the city. We decided to have a quick walk to digest our lunch. Continue reading “Georgian Chronicles – Peace Bridge & Rike Park”
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”
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”
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”