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Tbilisi

Tbilisi is the capital and the largest city of Georgia, lying on the banks of the Mtkvari River with a population of roughly 1.5 million inhabitants. Tbilisi was founded in the 5th century AD by the monarch of Georgia's ancient precursor Kingdom of Iberia and has since served, with intermissions, as the Georgian capital.

According to an old legend, the present-day territory of Tbilisi was covered by forests as late as 458. One widely accepted variant of the legend of Tbilisi's founding states that King Vakhtang I Gorgasali of Georgia went hunting in the heavily wooded region with a falcon. The King's falcon allegedly caught or injured a pheasant during the hunt, after which both birds fell into a nearby hot spring and died from burns. King Vakhtang became so impressed with the hot springs that he decided to cut down the forest and build a city on the location. The name Tbilisi derives from the Old Georgian word "Tbili", meaning warm.

Tbilisi is located in the South Caucasus Region. The city is blend of both East and West with its unique artistic and architectural integrity, reflecting centuries of diverse cultural influences and the long history.

The architecture in the city is a mixture of local (Georgian), with strong influences of Byzantine, European/Russian (neo-classical), and Middle Eastern architectural styles.

In Tbilisi you can find many ancient churches, mosques, synagogues several minutes wolk from each other and you shouldn’t miss Anchiskhati Basilica, the city’s oldest church, nor the immense TsmindaSameba Cathedral, completed in 2004 and which, from its vantage point on Elia Hill, towers over the city.