Tbilisi is the capital of Georgia and the biggest city in the country too. The city rarely sleeps and is always buzzing. Tbilisi is the kind of city that draws you in, reveals itself slowly, then gets right under your skin. Dripping with tradition yet effortlessly cool, Tbilisi is suave and chaotic, charming and eccentric all at once.
For most travelers, Tbilisi becomes the main gateway to Georgia.
Tbilisi attracts tourists with its historical places in Old City, Rustaveli and Agmashenebeli avenues, Sololaki, and other historical districts of this very old city with a dramatic history. Many locals and tourists enjoy the ambient cafes and nightlife of the city. Tbilisi buzzing bazaars are one more thing you should never miss. What are you looking for? You will find it at the “Dry Bridge” market – fly market and modern painters exhibition under the open sky. Other bazaars are different, traditional, nontourist food bazaars spread around the city.
The old city was renovated at beginning of 2010-th and got second birth. We must mention the eclectic architecture of the city too, where old is mixed with very modern and gives Tbilisi a special charm.
Our capital is a very old city. According to the common legend it was founded by the king of Georgia Vakhtang Gorgasali in the late V century. King was keen on falcon hunting. One day he and his men were hunting near river Mtkvari. King’s favorite falcon captured a pheasant and injured it. The pheasant managed to fly from falcon, but fell in a hot sulfur spring and got boiled. Falcon, who was cheesing its victim also fell in hot water and didn’t survive. So kings men found hot sulfur springs near the river. King ordered to build of a new city and called it Tbilisi – as Tbili means warm in Georgian. Tbilisi, by king Vakhtangs order, became the capital of Georgia and so it is now.
Tourists from some countries are often confused with the name Tbilisi and often ask – how it is correct Tbilisi or Tiflis? Let’s go through this interesting topic.
As I mentioned above Tbilisi stands for warm in the modern Georgian language, in old Georgian pronunciation was TFili. The combination of two consonants TF is very difficult to pronounce for Turkish linguals, so in Turkish Tbilisi was named Tiflis, and in many other languages, including Russian in the XIX century this name was adopted. Before 1936 official name of Tbilisi also was Tiflisi, but in 1936 name changed according to Georgian pronunciation and became Tbilisi.