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The Warmth of Tbilisi

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Photo: Martha Camarillo

Georgia's capital, Tbilsi, strikes newcomers as improbably beautiful, a postcard-perfect lost kingdom set inside high hills surmounted by ancient forts and 1,500-year-old Byzantine churches. But beauty isn't the only reason why the city lives up to is name (which means "warm place"). Read the article

Destinations: Tbilisi · Batumi · Mtskheta

Inspired by: Georgia in the Time of Misha — by Melik Kaylan, Published Aug. 2007

Hotels (2)

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Restaurants (3)

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    Two Side

    Serves regional dishes like sturgeon baked in earthenware frying pans, and assorted Georgian cheeses.

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    Marrakech, Georgia

    Traditional Moroccan cuisine.

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    Maidan

    Georgian specialties, and music and dance performances in the evenings.

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    Batumi Botanical Gardens

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    Dry Bridge Flea Market

    The market stretches along the river through a little park and down some steps into a proper bazaar full of jewelry, silver cutlery, Soviet medals,

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    Marjanishvili Street

    This fin-de-siecle strip is the place for antiques.

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    Svetitskhoveli Cathedral

    A wooden church built in the sixth century, in the shape of a cross.

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    Sioni Church

    Beautiful interior frescoes at this fifth-century church.

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    Maidan Square

    The capital's historic center, with outdoor cafés and bars.

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    Mama Daviti Church

    Built in the 16th century, this church is best known for its cemetery, where numerous poets and public figures are buried.

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    Jvari Monastery

    A pink stone building on a hill overlooking Mtskheta's two rivers.

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    Gabriadze Marionette Theater

    Puppet performances created by Rezo Gabriadze; not just for kids.

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    Caucasus Travel

    Caucasus Travel prepares history, art, nature, and other trips around Georgia.

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