Tbilisi was a city of millionaires in the past
06 August, 2018
Tbilisi was a city of millionaires in the past
Tbilisi is a very lively city that changes its appearance nearly every day. Because of this, it is easy to forget what the original appearance used to be.
Nodar Sumbadze is a photographer who tries to preserve the memory and images of old buildings and their exterior and he does this with the help of his camera. He takes photos in the historic part of Tbilisi – Sololaki and advices others to do the same.
geotv.ge
A house in Sololaki in the 19th
century

He says that his simple camera has captured buildings that do not exist any more. “It has happened to me several times “I take a photo of a certain building and after a few days it is gone”. He emphasizes that Sololaki was built in the 19th century, but outside of the walls of the old city.
geotv.ge
Interior of one of the houses. No doubt it belonged to a rich owner

Prince Mikhail Semyonovich Vorontsov, Governor-General of the South Caucasus was the first one to decide to build Sololaki in a European style. Like the streets of the USA, parallel streets were crossed by vertical ones (the grid style) in Sololaki. In the 1870’s the Tbilisian bourgeoisie started to build new houses and mansions.
geotv.ge
Some of the 19th century houses were reconstructed to maintain their original appearance

Sololaki was a district of millionaires in Tbilisi. They used to bring designers and architects from Europe. Dresses from Paris used to arrive in Tbilisi in three days, says Nodar.

Unfortunately, Bolsheviks turned these houses into dormitories and housed representatives of the proletariat there.
geotv.ge
A house in Sololaki with mythic statues

Nodar emphasizes that even though these houses were designed by European architects, their appearance is a blend of European and Asiatic style. Their exterior frontage was usually European in style, whilst the rear of the houses was Asian in style, with wooden ladders and decorative balconies.
geotv.ge
The 19th century house with decorative balcony

“If the Bolsheviks had not destroyed the majority of these houses, Tbilisi would have been one of the wealthiest cities in the world” – says Nodar.

Related stories:







Print
Other Stories
The Washington Post writes about a Georgian dish - Ajapsandali
Georgian cuisine is becoming more and more popular in other countries, be it in neighbouring ones or further afield.
Explore festivals and holidays in Georgia - Part 2
To truly experience Georgian culture and its many traditions, you must attend a few of the festivals held both in the capital and throughout the country.
Discover protected areas and national parks in Georgia- Part 1
Georgia is a small country with a variety of flora. There are twenty protected areas and national parks in Georgia.
Discover places in the vicinity of Tbilisi
Tbilisi is surrounded by interesting and attractive places to visit.
Explore festivals and holidays in Georgia - Part 1
Lots of tourists are attracted by Georgian nature and cuisine. However, to truly experience Georgian culture and its many traditions, you must attend a few of the festivals held both in the capital and throughout the country.
Discover Batumi
Batumi is the second-largest city of Georgia, located on the coast of the Black Sea in the country'ssouthwest.
Discover Samtskhe-Javakheti
The administrative centre of Samtskhe-Javakheti (Georgia’s southwestern region) is Akhaltsikhe.
Summer Dream in Beshumi
“If you drink local milk for 25 days, even if you are a blind, you will see the stars in the sky at midday”.
Swords discovered at Lado Gudiashvili Square in Tbilisi
The renovation of Lado Gudiashvili Square (in the old part of Tbilisi) is presently in progress. The process is under archeological monitoring.
The oldest citizen of Tbilisi tells how people lived decades ago
Tbilisi has always been a city with a specific culture and life style. Today this is not as evident as it was at the beginning of the 20th century.
Fresh snow in Kazbegi in mid-August
Ever wondered whether does it snows in the Georgian mountains in summer or not?
Discover Kutaisi
Kutaisi is one of the most interesting and beautiful cities in Georgia.
Discover Borjomi
Borjomi is a district of Georgia, in the region of Samtskhe-Javakheti. Borjomi is one of the most popular resorts, famous for its mineral waters, health, unique nature and abundance of historical monuments.
Bakuriani – a place to visit in summer and in winter
What Georgia can really boast about is its mountains – literally in every part of the country there are mountains, some covered with snow throughout the year.
Discover amazing Tusheti
Tusheti is a mountainous region in the northeastern part of Georgia. It is one of the most popular hiking venues in Georgia. The Locals are generally sheep and cattle herders.
First time in the low budget accommodations in Georgia
My friends and family back home might describe me as being a bit “tight” with money
Discover Svaneti  -  Part 2
Svaneti has a lot to offer in every season of the year. There are a number of different options for tourists such as visiting the mountains, lakes or a ski resorts in winter.
Unique archaeological discovery in Tetritskaro, Georgia
Unique archaeological artifacts have recently been discovered in the municipality of Tetritskaro, on the site of the former city of Samshvilde.
Discover Svaneti – Part 1
Svaneti is a historic province in the northwestern part of Georgia. It is surrounded by the Caucasus Mountains .
Enguri – Scheduled to be the next new tourist zone
According to Government decree 476 # issued in March 2017, Georgia Energy Development Fund established a Company called “Enguri Tourist Center” Ltd.
I am Batumi – an amazing video about seaside town from Georgia
The official tourism portal of Adjara has published a new video about Batumi (a major city in Adjara).
The Guardian Nigeria Wallpaper  about Tbilisi, Georgia
The Guardian Nigeria Wallpaper published an article about Georgia, calling it “the perfect travel destination”.
Must see places in Tbilisi, Part 2
If you are in Tbilisi, you should not miss visiting these places:
A beautiful place in Georgia where “healing” waters flow
Nokalakevi’s is an old city whose historic architecture is considered outstanding, It is especially popular as a visitor destination during the summer season, when a lot of people (including tourists ) visit the Tekhuri River with their families to cool down.
Must see places in Tbilisi, Part 1
If you are planning to visit Tbilisi and looking for historical places to see, first check out this article. There are 5 top places you should visit in Tbilisi in order to learn more about the history of Georgia.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
GEL Exchange Rate
Convertor
21.08.2018
22.08.2018
USD
1
USD
2.5558
2.5703
EUR
1
EUR
2.9154
2.9620
GBP
1
GBP
3.2556
3.2987
RUB
100
RUB
3.8054
3.8165