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