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Narikala Fortress, Tbilisi

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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 Narikala is an ancient fortress overlooking Tbilisi, and the Mtkvari (Vari) River. The fortress consists of two walled sections on a steep hill between the sulfur baths and the botanical gardens.....  more
    The Narikala is an ancient fortress overlooking Tbilisi, and the Mtkvari (Vari) River. The fortress consists of two walled sections on a steep hill between the sulfur baths and the botanical gardens.....  more »
  • There are numerous ways you can access the fortress: you can either take a cable car from rike park to the top of the mountain, take a bolt taxi, or walk via the steps. To take the cable car, you can....  more
    There are numerous ways you can access the fortress: you can either take a cable car from rike park to the top of the mountain, take a bolt taxi, or walk via the steps. To take the cable car, you can....  more »
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  • Great views and interesting to wander around. Not very safe for small children, but worth a visit.
  • We spent some wonderful hours climbing the ruins of Narikala Fortress and taking in the surrounding views. While there's a distinct lack of safety precautions or railings in place for much of the ruins, that actually comes as a bit of a bonus. It's a rare treat to visit a touristic ruin and still have the sensation of ruin!

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