Left is a picture of the capital of Georgia that is called Tbilisi. The green river runs straight through the city and has many churches and homes built right along its steep banks. To the right is a government building in the downtown area that has changing color lights and fountains with many Georgians lounging around and talking.
Above is a photo of six old churches that can be seen at night in Tbilisi. On the right side are the remains of an old fortress wall. Below is the Tbilisi Holy Trinity Cathedral, completed in 2004. This cathedral is one of the largest in the whole region, so when I visited in 06 it was still bran new. The 5,000 square meter complex is also home to 9 chapels, beautiful gardens, and a bell tower.
The left hand photo is another shot taken at the Trinity church complex; taken from the bottom floor of the main cathedral. At another nearby church is a statue of King Vakhtang Gorgasal, credited with founding several churches and towns across what is now Georgia, including Tbilisi. Ruling in the middle of the 5th century, King Vakhtang is still considered a hero today in Georgia for his leadership and the fights who put up against foreign influences including Iran. One of Georgia’s most prestigious military decorations is the Vakhtang Gorgasal Order.
At the time I visited Georgia, George Bush was president of the United States, and disliked in almost every country around the world. From the locals that I talked to, everyone seemed to dislike the George Bush, but the president of Georgia at the time received a lot of support from the United States. This new democracy was supported by western powers, and to show his appreciate President Mikheil Saakashvili created George W Bush Street. On the left is a small gathering at night at the rose fountain. Kids were playing in the fountains and music was playing. The fountain is named after the rose revolution which was Georgia’s political change from left to a right wing government.
Here are some interesting houses built along the Mt’k’vari River in Tbilisi. I’m not sure if a house ever falls into the river every so often.
These two pictures above show some colonial and nicer restaurants in Tbilisi, this area was definitely the nicest part of Georgia that I came across.
In a restaurant in Tbilisi, a Georgian man eats some of the countries traditional food, a type of dumpling. Just outside of Tbilisi I visited the old city of Mtskheta, the former capital of the country. Below you can see a zoomed in photo of Mtskehta, and the color buildings on the lower right are apartment buildings built by the Soviet Union.
The country of Georgia is split about half and half on Christianity and Islam. Once I traveled outside of Tbilisi, it seemed that the majority of religions symbols and places of worship I encountered where Christian. Above is a bell tower and Christian plaque from places not too far away from the capital.