Theme Week Georgia – Tbilisi

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View from Narikala fortress © Marcin Konsek/cc-by-sa-4.0

View from Narikala fortress © Marcin Konsek/cc-by-sa-4.0

Tbilisi, in some countries also still known by its pre-1936 international designation, Tiflis, is the capital and the largest city of Georgia, lying on the banks of the Kura River with a population of approximately 1.5 million people. Tbilisi was founded in the 5th century AD by Vakhtang I of Iberia, and since then has served as the capital of various Georgian kingdoms and republics. Between 1801 and 1917, then part of the Russian Empire, Tbilisi was the seat of the Imperial Viceroy, governing both Southern and Northern Caucasus.

Because of its location on the crossroads between Europe and Asia, and its proximity to the lucrative Silk Road, throughout history Tbilisi was a point of contention among various global powers. The city’s location to this day ensures its position as an important transit route for energy and trade projects. Tbilisi’s history is reflected in its architecture, which is a mix of medieval, neoclassical, Beaux Arts, Art Nouveau, Stalinist and the Modern structures.

Old Tbilisi © Permaveli/cc-by-sa-3.0 Rustaveli National Theater on Rustaveli Avenue © flickr.com - DDohler/cc-by-2.0 National Opera Theater © Giorgi Balakhadze/cc-by-sa-4.0 Presidential Palace © flickr.com - Levan Gokadze/cc-by-sa-2.0 View from Narikala fortress © Marcin Konsek/cc-by-sa-4.0 City Council of Tbilisi on Tavisupleba Square with monument of St. George © flickr.com - George Kvizhinadze/cc-by-sa-2.0 National Botanic Garden © flickr.com - dare/cc-by-sa-2.0
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City Council of Tbilisi on Tavisupleba Square with monument of St. George © flickr.com - George Kvizhinadze/cc-by-sa-2.0
Historically, Tbilisi has been home to people of multiple cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds, though it is overwhelmingly Eastern Orthodox Christian. Its notable tourist destinations include cathedrals Sameba and Sioni, Freedom Square, Rustaveli Avenue and Agmashenebeli Avenue, medieval Narikala Fortress, the pseudo-Moorish Opera Theater, and the Georgian National Museum. The climate in Tbilisi mostly ranges from 20 to 32 °C (68 to 90 °F) in the summer and 7 to −1 °C (45 to 30 °F) in the winter.

The service sector, including government services, is dominating and contributes 88 percent to GDP. Its GDP per capita of 10,336 Georgian lari (€3,600) is exceeding the national average by more than 50 percent. The service sector itself is dominated by the wholesale and retail trade sector, reflecting the role of Tbilisi as transit and logistics hub for the country and the South Caucasus. The manufacturing sector contributes only 12 percent to Tbilisi’s GDP, but is much larger, by employment and total value added, than the manufacturing sectors in any other region of Georgia.

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