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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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  • August 17, 2017
    The narikala fortress we got cable. Rather, first to the observation deck and the mother of Kartli, then walked to the fortress. Go really hard, sometimes dangerous, especially if an unsuitable footwear. Steep slope and stones. In General, liked it a lot, but is exhausted, especially on heat
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  • August 16, 2017
    If you're in Tbilisi and want to enjoy some panoramic views over the capital, go up to Narikala fortress. You can either hike steep cobbled streets up or take a cable car. Views are breathtaking. To e...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Rise need to kanatka, right-sculpture-mother Georgia, left the track to the fortress. My advice to you: no beach shoes, waving in the wind bantovyh skirts and tinsel. Upgrade to Narikale TA still athletic workout for the legs. Due to the uncomfortable shoes to the finish line I, for example, is not reached. Moreover, as practice has shown, the descent is much harder than the climb. In some places, just scary that one false move in terrible fashion, but terribly inconvenient mountain off-road sandals and you're head over heels down pokatishsja. But what I saw was spectacular, impressive. And this despite the scorching heat and thick, which actually have little to such trips. In a Word, good weather and comfortable shoes for you!
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  • June 13, 2017
    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.
  • June 30, 2017
    The entrance is free. Narikala offers spectacular view at Tbilisi. Please be careful there as going on the walls is not safe.
  • July 5, 2017
    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.
  • June 21, 2017
    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.
  • June 22, 2017
    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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