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14 February 2012 / leggypeggy

Narikala Fortress—a bird’s eye view of Tbilisi

Tbilisi from the Narikala Fortress.

A visit to the Narikala Fortress was a highlight of our walking tour of Tbilisi.

The climb up to the fortress really isn’t hard and, once you’re up there, the views are fantastic.

You can see a vast expanse of the city and the Mtkvari (Kura) River that runs through the middle. You can also overlook the ancient and massive sulphur baths. I hadn’t really thought about how important the baths were in earlier days, but there is a lovely quote by the Georgian poet and historian, Ioseb Grishashvili, displayed at the top. It says, ‘Women stayed in baths all day long having dinner… drinking tea… Bath was their club, their theatre… the place where they demonstrated their dresses and jewelery… New dresses were first shown in baths… Match-makers of course made dealings there. The fate of many beautiful women had been decided in baths.’ The baths are still open and we had a peek inside.

Narikala was established in the 4th century and expanded by the Umayyads in the 7th century. King David the Builder had another go at it, as did the Mongols. Most of the existing fortifications date from the 16th and 17th centuries. About 200 years ago, parts of the fortress were damaged by an earthquake and demolished.

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  1. jeanleesworld / Jun 19 2016 9:45 pm

    I walked through the images here again, and it just amazes me. I can’t help but wonder what structures made in the last 100 years could possibly stand with such strength and awe as the fortresses of old. And the views! You and Poor John must have felt yourselves on top of the world. 🙂

    I also forgot how much daily life was carried on in the baths. When I think of the baths, I was think of Roman times, and senators milling about for hours on end, but I think that’s because of watching I, CLAUDIUS too many times… 😛

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 20 2016 4:41 pm

      Oh my, we’ve seen so many fabulous fortresses on our travels. This one was impressive and in pretty good shape. I should go back and see if I have pics from inside the baths.

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      • jeanleesworld / Jun 21 2016 8:42 pm

        Please do, when you have a chance! xxx

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      • leggypeggy / Jun 21 2016 10:57 pm

        I’ll have to fish out some old backup drives, so give me time. 🙂

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