Photograph by @simoncroberts. Running along the crest of the Sololaki ridge, prominent above Tbilisi’s Old Town, are the ruins of the Narikala Fortress, also known as Sololaki Citadel (the Rival Fortress). This former Persian citadel it one of the most recognizable structures in Tbilisi, the capital city of Georgia, and travelers who venture to this 4th century wonder are rewarded with some of the best views of the city. Sitting at the foot of the imposing hill are a labyrinth of narrow streets where wooden balconies look down from old brick-build homes. Persians, Byzantines, Ottomans, Russians and Soviets have all had their influence on Tbilisi’s architecture. Over the past few years the city has gained several cosmopolitan new buildings, including The Bridge of Peace, a bow-shaped pedestrian bridge over the Kura River (see here on the right of the photograph). It was designed by Italian architect Michele de Lucchi and built to create a contemporary design feature connecting Old Tbilisi with the new district of the city.
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