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Narikala Fortress, Tbilisi

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The ruined Narikala Fortress looms over the city, forming a dramatic skyline which serves as a reminder of the area's turbulent history throughout the centuries. Damaged and unrepaired since an earthquake in 1827, the fortress has played host to Persians, Mongols, and Arab emirs, and was founded in the 4th century as a Persian citadel. There are no guided tours here, but a tourist walk runs around the fortress and down into the old town to the botanical gardens. It's a steep climb even inside the fortress, so wear comfortable shoes. Entry is free. Make Narikala Fortress a part of your Tbilisi vacation plans using our Tbilisi online trip itinerary planner.
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  • Take the cable car from Rike park (other side of the river), it's only 2 GEL + the metro card. From there you'll already have a great view, and upon arrival just walk towards the fortress. Inside... 
    Take the cable car from Rike park (other side of the river), it's only 2 GEL + the metro card. From there you'll already have a great view, and upon arrival just walk towards the fortress. Inside...  more »
  • The Narikala is an ancient fortress overlooking Tbilisi, and the Mtkvari (Vari) River. The fortress consists of two walled sections on a steep hill between the sulfur baths and the botanical gardens.....  more
    The Narikala is an ancient fortress overlooking Tbilisi, and the Mtkvari (Vari) River. The fortress consists of two walled sections on a steep hill between the sulfur baths and the botanical gardens.....  more »
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  • Great views and interesting to wander around. Not very safe for small children, but worth a visit.
  • Relatively easy walk up the hill, and really nice views of Tbilisi. Fortress is relatively intact, just wear long trousers if looking to enter the church. From here it's easy to enter the botanical gardens or carry along the hill to the Mother of Georgia statue

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