Tourists usually find themselves in this district one way or another. It’s almost impossible to miss – it has palaces, giant churches, crying mountains, huge parks, etc. There’s a lot to see and do in Avlabari.
Avlabari is more residential than touristy, yet very close to the city center, from where there are two equally amazing paths to reach it (well there are others too, but they aren’t that exciting) – either crossing the Bridge of Peace, (the giant bow-shaped glass bridge) or walk up the Baratashvili Rise accompanied by the sounds of water dripping down the mountain right on the left of you.
✱ Rike Park in Tbilisi.
When walking up the Baratashvili rise and just before you reach the Avlabari Square you will notice a narrow street leading down towards the river. This is the Wine Rise which takes you down to Rike Park and Queen Darejan Palace. The street also has a couple of spots where you can try some local wine.
✱ Queen Darejan Palace, Tbilisi.
When you reach the top of Baratashvili Rise you’ll find yourself, on Avlabari Square, the center of the district. On your right and you will see Petros Adamian Armenian Drama Theatre and a sculpture dedicated to the characters of the iconic Soviet film “Mimino”. On your left, you will see the Armenian Apostolic Church, Ejmiatsin. Straight ahead is Holly Trinity Church, the biggest church in all of Georgia.
Now, there are two streets that can lead you up to the Holly Trinity – Meskhishvili St. or Gonashvili St. Even if you don’t want to visit the church we would still advise you to walk up these old and narrow streets and enjoy the atmosphere. The architecture in Avlabari is surely different from the rest of the city. If you don’t want to go up the hill, then turn around and go down the Metekhi street and through Jorbenadze, Chekhov and Feriscvaleba streets to hunt for the city’s historic residential buildings.
✱ Narrow streets of Avlabari District in Tbilisi.
Other things to see around Avlabari include Metekhi Church, Old Presidential Palace and the ruins of the Armenian Church of the Red Gospel.