Narikala Fortress

Narikala Fortress, Tbilisi

Narikala Fortress
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Mohammad Qutishat
Amman, Jordan2,157 contributions
See the fortress from the city below, go up to the fortress to view the city from the top!
Mar 2020
Narikala Fortress is a small old fortress, there is nothing much to see up there, most of the walls still standing, and there is a small church inside the walls which was rebuilt.
You can see the Fortress clearly from a lot of places in Tbilisi, especially when it is lit at night it looks so beautiful, but if you go up there is nothing much to see, still going up there is recommended but not to actually see the fortress but to have a great view of the beautiful Tbilisi from above.
I recommend going up the hill using the cable car, visit the mother of Georgia & the Narikala Fortress, then go down from the other side through the lovely National Botanical Garden of Tbilisi city, You can also go down using the zipline in the Botanical Garden.
Written 27 February 2021
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Mohamed S
Alexandria, Egypt1,243 contributions
Panoramic
Feb 2020
This little fortress is originally a Persian (Sassanian) fortress, but later modified by the arabs, mongols, and others. Built on the hill overlooking the river Mtkvari and the prestigious sulfur baths. The name is a derivation of the mongol name which means little fortress. The fortress shows nothing special but still it gives marvelous views over the city and it also compromises a small chapel, St. Nicholas, which was rebuilt recently after the independence replacing the old one destroyed in a fire.
Written 25 January 2021
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,577 contributions
At the old "Little Fortress" of Tbilisi ...
Sep 2019
The old Sasanian citadel was firstly built in the 4th century and was named "Narikala", meaning "Little Fortress". But very little indeed remains from the old fortress, which was built and rebuilt many times along the centuries ... It is considered the "Mother Fortress of Georgia" and can be easily reached through the "Aerial Tramway". After visiting "Narikala Fortress", you can walk down using the existing trails and paths. Be ready for awesome views of Tbilisi, the old town and Mtkvary River. Enjoy!
Written 6 May 2020
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TAIN2013
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia2,857 contributions
Beautiful views
May 2019
The ruins of the fortress stand on a small hill overlooking the botanical gardens. While you can walk up to the fortress from the old town and the sulphur baths, it is much easier to take the cable car to the Mother of Georgia monument and then walk to the fortress from there. You can always walk down which is much easier.

The fortress is mostly in ruins except for a church which has been rebuilt. As usual with any ruin, it requires a reasonable amount of physical fitness to explore. Make sure to wear sturdy footwear - preferably hiking boots. The site was first fortified in the fourth century and rebuilt several times. The current structure dates back to the seventeenth century. Parts of the ruins have been made safe for tourists and you can climb up and walk the ancient walls while other parts are in their natural state and may not be safe to climb.

What makes it all worthwhile are the views from the top. The best time to visit is in the evening when you can see the city lighted up from the top as the sun sets.
Written 14 March 2020
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Melanie
London, UK12 contributions
Nice hike up there
Feb 2020 • Solo
Did walk up there from the city! It is a short walk, views on a clear day are very good and theres hidden paths everywhere!
Written 8 March 2020
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ASmulders
The Hague, The Netherlands126 contributions
Beautiful fortress
Mar 2020 • Family
A beautiful place for visit and you will have a beautiful view from there!!!
You can also combine the visit with the botanic garden.
Written 6 March 2020
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shaymolakhatun93
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates17 contributions
CHILLING WEATHER
Feb 2020
I went to fortress by cabal car in evening , its very cold at top. on right side we walk towards statue of mother georgia on the way some guys with pet standing while going thy start conversation n give pets without informing and saying to click pics, later thy said 1 animal cost 5 lari. can u imagine thy put 3 pets without my knowledge n of course have to pay. the view from the fortress towards whole city is incredible , must visited place. At night fortress look stunning from down city from fortress its easy way to come down to city so i walked and enjoy enjoy nature, so i bought only one way for cabal car.
Written 4 March 2020
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Bita N
Tehran Province, Iran469 contributions
Average
Feb 2020 • Couples
It's a ruined castle not much to visit only nice from distance.You can get there by the cable car.Take care if you want to go up the steps of the ruined wall .
Written 25 February 2020
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John1971NC
Riverton, WY267 contributions
Stopped by here on way to Mother of Georgia monument
Feb 2020 • Solo
This stop takes about thirty minutes to see everything. You also get good views of Tbilisi from above. Good walking shoes are a must.
Written 21 February 2020
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Sven
Stockholm, Sweden1 contribution
Incredible view
Feb 2020
My favourite spot in Tbilisi to have an incredible view over the city. This is the place for photographers. Had some really great shots.
Written 19 February 2020
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