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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. Add Narikala Fortress to your Tbilisi travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Tbilisi vacation route planner.
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  • Narikala fortress, to get there, we must arm ourselves with patience and endurance. But all! Each bend you will give rise to other, increasingly zahvatyvajushham view. And finally you does this can lead, at the foot of the mother of Kartli!
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  • Looking in vain for a real entrance to the Fort. No signs and no ticket sales. The Fort, there is pretty much only a series of murrester, also not that good enough deals with impressive set down from the city, not least illuminated in the evening. But up close you can see that it is not entirely safe to walk or crawl around on these murrester. Only real building in the area (besides a modern cafe) is the old church, which is a popular venue for weddings.
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  • Narikala fortrees in the past was a defence wall fo city and in lower court was built saint nicolas church.it`s located on top of hill and you can see narikala from every where of tbilisi.narikala is ...  more »
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  • This is a historical place that worth seeing, but not enough information in the place. You can go to this place both by walking from the old town (near the bathes) and by aerial tramway. You can see both the whole Tbilisi and national botanical garden from the top of the fortress.
  • The entrance is free. Narikala offers spectacular view at Tbilisi. Please be careful there as going on the walls is not safe.
  • Nice view, but it does not worth walking up and down there. Maybe if you use the tramway it is better, but when I was there it was close.
  • Unrivalled views of Tbilisi and an outside cafe to sit and take in the views. Can either take the cable up for £1 or hike up the steep hill from the bottom of the old town.
  • Nice view of Tbilisi City from the fortress. Just a short walk up hill from Meiden Square, or take a cable car ride that costs only a few GEL.

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Strung out alongside the Mtkvari River, Tbilisi's historical core and bustling city center offers an array of accommodation options. Choose the fortress hill, the more northern residential districts, or a main street in the center of the action. Large international chain hotels offer luxury options, complete with fine dining, air conditioning, and more. However, you can also choose from more economical, mid-level options located around Rustaveli Avenue and Tbilisi's old town. For the lowest cost, consider one of the ubiquitous hostels.
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