Authentic Hidden Gem in Tbilisi You Can See for Free

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Tbilisi is the city of contrasts. Here, modern and old co-exists next to each other. And the architectural marvels created in the 19th century make locals proud, especially the painted halls. After the invasions in the 18th century, it started to restore itself and strive towards European standards.

Many districts of Tbilisi have some wonderful buildings. But its hallways are even beautiful. Distinguished by its decoration, carved ceilings and painted walls are the hidden marvels of today’s somewhat modern city.

Authentic Hidden Gem in Tbilisi You Can See for Free. Painted Halls

In the 19th century, it was fashionable to build luxurious houses. Each wealthy person tried to make his home distinctive from others.  And brought foreign architects to work on their houses.

Authentic Hidden Gem in Tbilisi You Can See for Free. Painted Halls

The most frequently decorated are floors of the corridors with ornaments, mosaic or stained-glass windows. Each of them has its history, but unfortunately, most of them need proper restoration works. Very few remain untouched.

Authentic Hidden Gem in Tbilisi You Can See for Free. Painted Halls
Custom-made tiles from Villeroy & Boch Company

The hallways feature two main styles – Classicism and Renaissance, and modernism.

Authentic Hidden Gem in Tbilisi You Can See for Free. Painted Halls

It’s noteworthy to say that owners decorated not only the entrance of the building but the staircase as well. The works on vestibule were usually done with oil paints on the plaster. And upper floors of the building used decorative wallpapers.

Authentic Hidden Gem in Tbilisi You Can See for Free. Painted Halls

Generally speaking, the painted hallways carry cosmopolitan motives, but in some cases, local themes are present. For example, staircase at 36 Aghmashenebeli Avenue represents scenes from a well-known Georgian poem The Knight in the Panthers Skin. Others also feature Dariali Gorge and Caucasian man.

Authentic Hidden Gem in Tbilisi You Can See for Free

4 COMMENTS

  1. I’t so beautiful! I love looking at spaces that had their glory days years ago and thinking about what they were like and who walked through or lived in them. What a gorgeous space!

  2. I absolutely adore the stained glass. Being from the state of Georgia in the US, I’ve always wanted to visit the country. Hopefully I can make it to Tblisi one day to see this awesome architecture.

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