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Narikala Fortress, Tbilisi

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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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  • 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 »
  • The ruins of the fortress stand on a small hill overlooking the botanical gardens. While you can walk up to the fortress from the old town and the sulphur baths, it is much easier to take the cable...  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 🇬🇪....

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