National Botanical Garden of Tbilisi city, Tbilisi

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The National Botanical Garden of Georgia, formerly the Tbilisi Botanical Garden, is located in Tbilisi, capital of Georgia, and lie in the Tsavkisis-Tskali Gorge on the southern foothills of the Sololaki Range . It occupies the area of 161 hectares and possesses a collection of over 4,500 taxonomic groups.Its history spans more than three centuries. It was first described, in 1671, by the French traveler Jean Chardin as royal gardens which might have been founded at least in 1625 and were variably referred to as "fortress gardens" or "Seidabad gardens" later in history. The gardens appear in the records by Joseph Pitton de Tournefort and on the Tbilisi map composed by Prince Vakhushti . Pillaged in the Persian invasion of 1795, the garden was revived in the early 19th century and officially established as the Tiflis Botanical Garden in 1845.From 1888 on, when a floristics center was set up, Yuri Voronov and several other notable scholars have worked for the Garden. Between 1896 and 1904, the Garden was expanded further westward. Between 1932 and 1958, the territory around the former Muslim cemetery was included in the botanical garden. Several graves have survived, however, including that of the prominent Azerbaijanian writer Mirza Fatali Akhundov . The central entrance to the Garden is located at the foothills of the Narikala Fortress. The other, cut through the rock as a long tunnel in 1909-14, had been functional until the mid-2000s when the tunnel was converted into Georgia’s largest nightclub "Gvirabi".
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  • August 15, 2017
    I can't say that the Botanical Garden in Tbilisi was the best garden we ever saw. It feels somewhat undeveloped and not groomed enough. However, we enjoyed almost a four hours walk because of the nice...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    ...there are very poor indications and some English description are kind of enigmatic (like "collection plots" that I could not find to figure out what we're they). Little waterfall under Queen Tamer ...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    A stroll through the National Botanical Garden of Georgia is a wonderful opportunity to stroll through the Park, take a breath of fresh air and to reflect. Highly recommend this place to everyone who is looking for a little quiet in the bustling capital of Georgia
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  • May 29, 2017
    I don't have enough words to describe this place. Fresh air, amazing flowers, trees, atmosphere. Very beautiful place in the city. Especially when it's summer. (The only problem is snakes. There are snakes on the cliffs, trees, be aware of them)
  • June 19, 2017
    Beautiful place with awesome views. The restaurant inside the gardens is a must go. It offers good food and beautiful view specially when its raining. Garden is very close to sulfur baths, just 10 minutes walk.
  • July 4, 2017
    More like a huge park with different trees and plant. Its nice to go spend a day walking around the garden but it is not properly sign posted hence it is difficult to find certain locations once you are inside, so make sure to snap a picture of the map at the entrance and try to follow along.
  • June 5, 2017
    This was the best time i've ever had in a park! The amount of trees, bushes and flowers is astounding! Walked around for almost 6 hours there. Definitely a must see in Batumi!
  • July 5, 2017
    Its an amazing surprise for you after you go down with zip line, hidden in the trees amazing water fall, you can swim with cold water

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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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