Population: 1,480,000
Main industries: construction, real estate, financial sector, transport, communications, tourism Mayor: Kakha Kaladze
Founded nearly in 470th A.D.
Visitors can sense this city's vibrancy as soon as they log onto the local public wireless network. "Tbilisi, I love you" pops up on the screen as the network name — a reminder that modern marketing techniques are there to promote the ancient reputation of warmth and hospitality that the Georgian capital has earned over the centuries. By the way, the origins of the name of the city come from “tbili”, which means “warm”.
Having been designated the capital nearly 1,500 years ago, despite spells of self-rule and subservience to Persia, Russia, and the Soviet Union, Tbilisi's attributes are now known far and wide. This results in people having a preconceived notion about the locals — who will easily take a stranger home, give him an excellent meal and generously fill his glass with fine wine (and later in the evening, a shot of Chacha moonshine), while exchanging life stories...
Given its ancient history, Tbilisi has a strong and vibrant sense of identity that makes it very organic and natural.
Some legends say that when the mythical island of Atlantis crumbled into the sea, the inhabitants went in two directions — and now occupy the Basque country of Europe and Georgia. Indeed, the languages of the two peoples seem to have the same origin.
Notable tourist destinations include the Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi, Freedom Square, Sioni Cathedral, Metekhi, Narikala fortress, Rustaveli Avenue, Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre, Anchiskhati Basilica, Mtatsminda Pantheon (Holy Mountain), Kashveti Church along with the National and Historic Museums of Georgia and a Georgian Association of Guides.
Having a number of art galleries, Tbilisi is the home of famous artists. The city life was immortalized in art by Niko Pirosmani and Lado Gudiashvili.
Please, enjoy the city that combines diversity, modernity and ancient scent in it beautifully!