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Narikala Fortress, Tbilisi

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Ruin Castle
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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  • One of the major attractions yet it doesn't have much remains to visit. Walk till fortress can b little tiring. Inside fortress nothing to watch except for couple of cathedrals and wall of fortress. B...  more »
  • You will rarely get the opportunity to visit a fort originally built in the 4th century. You can feel the history. It is possible to walk up, but I would recommend the cable car.  more »
  • The cable car goes up to the top of the mountain, near the statue. Then you have to climb down half the hill to enter the fortess, and again if you so desire, climb to the top. There is no access from...  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.
  • Historic place to visit - doesn't cost anything to walk up. Watch out for drivers though. Popular tourist destination, very cool fortress built 700-800 years ago. Church is newer.
  • Spectacular views. The funicular ride is a bit too quick but still it is fantastic
  • You can reach here easier by Telecabin but when you arrived to the castle you have a challenge to reach top of that, be aware there are no safety guard in the steps
  • Even if you are not particularly interested in history or architecture, then walking around the curtain fortress wall gave an excellent view while nice in its own right