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Narikala Fortress, Tbilisi

Castle · Ruin
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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  • Narikala Fortress is a small old fortress, there is nothing much to see up there, most of the walls still standing, and there is a small church inside the walls which was rebuilt. You can see the...  more »
  • This little fortress is originally a Persian (Sassanian) fortress, but later modified by the arabs, mongols, and others. Built on the hill overlooking the river Mtkvari and the prestigious sulfur...  more »
  • The old Sasanian citadel was firstly built in the 4th century and was named "Narikala", meaning "Little Fortress". But very little indeed remains from the old fortress, which was built and rebuilt...  more »
  • Amazing views. Great photo stop. Oh, they have fruit growing everywhere around 😁
  • Beautiful place to visit in Georgia. The view from this destroyed fortress is breathtaking. The fortress situated in Tbilisi, walkable distance from town square. The ancient church there at the fortress is so beautiful. You will feel very peaceful once you are inside the church. I must visit place in 🇬🇪....
  • The view to the city is good, but fortress itself destroyed and needs reconstruction. Entrance is free of charge.
  • must see castle, be ready to hike up to it first (ofc can take a lift as well but what fun is that) then climb up half-ruined walls but the view worth it totally by day or night + fresh pomegranate juice is a blessing after all the exercise
  • My favorite site in Tbilisi. Great views and you can climb as high as you like. I wish there was more info on the history of the place, but this place is a must see.

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