Tbilisi, Georgia – Narikala Fortress

This fortress was built in the 4th century and has been expanded and reoccupied over the centuries. Parts have been destroyed by either fire or earthquake.

Walking along the wall this wall leads you left, to the pathway that takes you to the bottom entrance of the fortress. Below this right side of the wall of the fortress is the botanical gardens.

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fullsizeoutput_855cThis part of the fortress was destroyed by an earthquake in 1827:

fullsizeoutput_855bWalking down a pathway, along the left side of the fortress to get to the main entrance:

fullsizeoutput_8563fullsizeoutput_8564Entering through the main entrance of the fortress.  I’m wearing a crown of fresh flowers Dachi bought for me!

fullsizeoutput_8565Now inside, walking along the base of a wall, looking up at the bell tower:

fullsizeoutput_855fAnd then up these old, narrow stone steps:

fullsizeoutput_8560At the top, in one of the guard stations – you see a narrow hole where the soldier could aim his gun through at approaching enemies:fullsizeoutput_8561The hole is located in that floor archway:

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fullsizeoutput_8566View of St. Nicholas church.  It’s newly restored.  What is left of the old church is the dark brown stones along the base:

fullsizeoutput_8568Bathhouse next to the church:

fullsizeoutput_8567Looking down at one of the walls that has been restored…..

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img_0722And find these, cairns made by those who’ve visited the fortress!

fullsizeoutput_856aI added that wee stone on the very top of this cairn:

fullsizeoutput_856bDachi added two stones on this one:

img_0727Here we walked to this part of the fortress, where, in his youth, Dachi and his friends would come to sit on, drink beer – look out at the city – and have big dreams for their future!

fullsizeoutput_856cWalking back out…

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AS we leave through the main entrance, Dachi knows this woman asking for money. She helps poor children in the area. She is the only person asking for money that Dachi recommended helping because he knows of her charity work with local children.

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Along with a small picture of Mary and Baby Jesus she framed and two fridge magnets for my 30GEL I gave her – she handed me two small sweet breads that she told Dachi were made in the monastery.  I didn’t eat them – she handed them to me with her bare, really dirty hands….I left them out for the birds to eat…  🙂

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Next stop…..the waterfall located at the bottom of the hill, below the fortress!

S, 🙂

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One Comment Add yours

  1. mama says:

    Looks like you got in a lot of walking today. Those old, narrow stone steps looked awfully dangerous, guess you made it ok since you are writing about them.( smile ) xoxoxo

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