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rustaveli avenue

rustaveli avenue

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around tbilisi- MTSKHETA

around tbilisi- MTSKHETA

new town

bgIMG_7245-Tbilisi, formerly known as Tiflis, is the capital and the largest city of Georgia

tavisuplebis moedani (freedom square)

tavisuplebis moedani (freedom square)

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. The oldest parts of town, including the Abanot-Ubani, Avlabari, and to a certain extent the Sololaki districts clearly have a traditional Georgian architectural look with Middle Eastern influences.

The Kashveti Church of St. George

The Kashveti Church of St. George

The areas of Tbilisi which were built up mainly in the 19th century (Rustaveli Avenue, Vera district, etc.) have a contrasting European/Russian (neoclassical)look.

National gallery

National gallery

The start of the 20th century was marked with an architectural revival, notably, with an art nouveau style.

With the establishment of the communist government this style was decreed as bourgeois and largely neglected.

Rustaveli National theatre

Rustaveli National theatre

Architecture of the later 20th century can mainly be identified with the type of building style that was common during the Soviet Era throughout the Soviet Union and the countries under Soviet occupation.

Tbilisi has a number of important landmarks and sightseeing locations. The Parliament and the government (State Chancellery) buildings of Georgia, as well as the Supreme Court of Georgia, are all located in Tbilisi.

city hall

city hall

marjanishvili

marjanishvili

The city also has important cultural landmarks such as the Georgian National Museum, Tbilisi State Conservatoire, Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre, Shota Rustaveli State Academic Theatre, Marjanishvili State Academic Theatre, the Sameba Cathedral, the Vorontsov’s Palace (also known as the Children’s Palace today), many state museums, the National Public Library of the Parliament of Georgia, the National Bank of Georgia and other important institutions.

The Tbilisi State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre

The Tbilisi State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre

rustavelis moedani (rustaveli square)

rustavelis moedani (rustaveli square)

academy of science

academy of science

 Around Tbilisi- MTSKHETA

IMG_9621Mtskheta, one of the oldest cities of Georgia (in Kartli province of Eastern Georgia), is located approximately 20 kilometres (12 miles) north of Tbilisi at the confluence of the Aragvi and Kura rivers.

IMG_0082Mtskheta is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. The city (population 19,423 as of January 1, 2008) is now the administrative centre of the Mtskheta-Mtianeti region.

IMG_0076Due to its historical significance and numerous ancient monuments, the “Historical Monuments of Mtskheta” became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.

jvari monastery

jvari monastery

Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th century) and Jvari Monastery(6th century) in Mtskheta are amongst the most significant monuments of Georgian Christian architecture, and are historically significant in the development of medieval architecture throughout the Caucasus. Of special significance are early inscriptions, which form a valuable reference in the study of the origins of the early Georgian alphabet

Svetitskhoveli cathedral

Svetitskhoveli cathedral

Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (svet’icxovlis sak’atedro t’adzari; literally, “the Living Pillar Cathedral”) is a Georgian Orthodox cathedral located in the historical town of Mtskheta

IMG_0055Svetitskhoveli, known as the burial site of Christ’s mantle, has long been the principal Georgian church and remains one of the most venerated places of worship to this day

The current cathedral was built in the 11th century by the Georgian architect Arsukisdze, though the site itself is even older dating back to the early 4th century and is surrounded by a number of legends associated primarily with the early Christian traditions.

IMG_0038It is the second largest church building in the country, after the recently consecrated Tbilisi Holy Trinity Cathedral, and is listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site along with other historical monuments of Mtskheta.

img0025text taken from wikipedia

 

 

 

 

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