The capital of Georgia is amongst the world's oldest cities. It was founded by Vakhtang Gorgasali in the fifth century. According to legend, the king's sparrowhawk attacked a pheasant while hunting and the birds fell into the hot springs. The healing properties of spring water prompted the king to deforest the area... this is the origin of Tbilisi. The name Tbilisi was derived from warm ("tbili" or "tpili" in Old Georgian) mineral springs and subsequently, sulphur baths were built on this territory; the aforementioned historic district is called Abanotubani.
Tbilisi is culturally rich and diverse, it is an outstanding example of the consolidation of eastern and western cultures. Here, every street has its own unique story, the buildings are infused with numerous histories and wandering around the old neighborhoods is the best way to grasp the city's culture and traditions. In the early 19th century Tbilisi was a home to romanticists.
The city is ethnically diverse and prominent and this is the reason it became a tourist center of the region. Multiethnicity had its impact on architecture and therefore the city is architecturally eclectic.
A famous French writer Alexandre Dumas wrote about Tbilisi: 'I've seen almost everything in Tbilisi - in Georgian heaven and I've never been so productive anywhere else.'
The city's most notable sites dwell in Old Tbilisi. Abanotubani, Shardeni street, and the neighboring Bambis Rigi and Rkinis Rigi streets are the most renowned areas of this district. A significant part of the popular restaurants, open cafes and bars, and galleries are located in Old Tbilisi. Tbilisi is also famous for its nightclubs.
Alongside the Georgian cuisine, his city offers flavors from around the world.