Georgian photographers photos reflect hidden views of Tbilisi
28 November, 2018
Georgian photographers photos reflect hidden views of Tbilisi
Tbilisi lies on the banks of the Mtkvari River with a population of approximately 1.5 million people. Founded in the 5th century AD by Vakhtang I of Iberia, since then Tbilisi served as the capital of various Georgian kingdoms and republics. Between 1801 and 1917, then part of the Russian Empire, Tbilisi was the seat of the Imperial Viceroy, governing both Southern and Northern Caucasus.

Because of its location on the crossroads between Europe and Asia, and its proximity to the
lucrative Silk Road, throughout history Tbilisi was a point of contention among various global powers. The city's location to this day ensures its position as an important transit route for various energy and trade projects. Tbilisi's diverse history is reflected in its architecture, which is a mix of medieval, neoclassical, Beaux Arts, Art Nouveau, Stalinist and the Modern structures.

Historically, Tbilisi has been home to people of multiple cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds, though it is currently overwhelmingly Eastern Orthodox Christian. Its notable tourist destinations include cathedrals Sameba and Sioni, Freedom Square, Rustaveli Avenue and Agmashenebeli Avenue, medieval Narikala Fortress, the pseudo-Moorish Opera Theater, and the Georgian National Museum.

Today Tbilisi is a vibrant city with a mix of modern, Soviet and eastern architecture. Photos taken by the Georgian photographer Zaqaria Chelidze reflect Tbilisi that are sometimes hidden from the touristy eyes, but never out of attention from photographers.

Main photo by Mekhail Mekh

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Glimpse of the Old City in Tbilisi

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Narikala fortress and church named after Saint Nicholas

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View over the old city

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Abanotubani or a place where prominent Georgian sulphur baths are located

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Rike Park and Metekhi church in Tbilisi

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Part of a palace that used to belong to the Georgian Queens in Tbilisi

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A Soviet times car kept on one of the balconies in Tbilisi

Tbilisi photos, what to see in Tbilisi
Building of Georgian National Academy of Sciences

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