Georgia’s ancient and vibrant capital city spreads out on both banks of the Mtkvari River, and is surrounded on three sides by mountains. The most widely accepted version of the legend of Tbilisi’s founding says that in the mid-5th century AD, King Vakhtang I Gorgasali was 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. The name Tbilisi derives from the Old Georgian word “tbili”, meaning warm. Archaeological studies of the region indicate human settlement in the area early as the 4th millennium BC.
Tbilisi is a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-religious city on the crossroads of history. Christian churches, mosques and synagogues can all be seen next to each other in the capital. This indicates a high level of tolerance in the city.
Even though Tbilisi is a great city to visit, due to the rich history and culture of this area, this doesn’t mean that you cannot come here to have fun. The nightlife in Tbilisi is very much alive, with various night clubs throughout the city in response to the need of the young generation for entertainment.
Georgia’s leading and one of the most distinguished underground clubs Bassiani has been given the first place among the world’s top clubs. Tbilisi’s major club has even surpassed world-renowned Berghain in Berlin. In total the list includes 20 clubs of different countries and Tbilisi’s Bassiani occupies the leading position among them.
Tbilisi has always been an attractive place for artists and writers. Tbilisi’s churches, courtyards, bookstores and old streets are reflected in many works by famous artists.
Tbilisi is a new, modern city, that every year opens itself to the world more and more.