David Agmashenebeli Avenue
One of Tbilisi’s oldest avenues named after Agmashenebeli, is remarkable for its 19th-century classical architecture in European style and Georgian flavor.
David Agmashenebeli Avenue represents major arterial route in Chugureti district and consists 2 km long pedestrian zone, starting at Saarbrucken Square and ends at the Marjanishvili Square, where the avenue continues as a two-way traffic until the intersection with King Tamar’s Street.
The avenue is named after the most famous Georgian king of 12th c David IV the Builder since 2010. Former name was Mikheil Street (since 1851, during the Russian Empire in honor of Grand Duke Mikhail Nikolaevich Vorontsov, the viceroy of the Caucasus (1832 -1909)), and Plekhanov Street (By Soviets in honor of a founding father of Russian Marxism and a philosophical thinker, revolutionary leader Georgi Valentinovich Plekhanov 1921 to 1988).
The first dwellers, German colonists, contributed a lot to forming the architectural structure of the district. Brothers Friedrich and Zaar Vezel were involved in the construction of Sololaki and Chugureti districts (1880).
In 1990, the avenue was renamed again after David the Builder (Aghmashenebeli)- the king of Georgia (1089–1100) and renovated in 2010.
The area near King Tamar Avenue is more focused on trade and cultural places: shops, bank branches, and also a number of Turkish food spots.
For those who prefer spending time at café-restaurants, the second part of the Avenue - beginning of “New Tiflis”, is an idyllic place to relax in a nice, calm pedestrian part of the city. Beautiful facades of Art Nouveau style and carved wooden balconies catch attention for unusual gates, glass windows, carved doors, original ornaments, wall paintings, and historical inscriptions.
The short list of the main attractions to visit on Agmashenebeli Avenue:
- Marjanishvili Metro station (the Akhmeteli–Varketili Line) since 11 January, 1966.
- Dinamo Tbilisi Arena - the largest stadium in Georgia capacity of 54,549, the home of Dinamo Tbilisi team, Georgia national rugby union and Georgia national football team.
- Mushtaidi Garden and the first children's railway in Georgia
- Movement Theater by Kakha Bakuradze since 2001
- Film Actors Theater by Mukhael Tumanishvili since 1978
- Music and Drama State Theater by Vaso Abashidze 1926
- State Academic Drama Theatre by Kote Marjanishvili since 1928
- The Attic Theatrical Tbilisi
- Philharmonic Concert Hall by J. Kakhidze
- Railway House – the Grand and Small concert halls
- Three Puppet Theaters
- Youth Theater by Nodar Dumbadze since 1927
- Silk Museum
- Art Palace - Museum of Culture and Cinema (in the palace)
- Rusiko Petviashvili Studio
- Sukhishvili National Ballet Studio
- Rose Garden
- Garden of Fountains
- Arto’s Garden
- House of Virtues Catharsis
- Russian Orthodox Church
- The Roman Catholic Church of the Name of the Peter and Paul
- Sts. Nicholas Georgian Orthodox Church
- The Georgian Post office
- Georgian Film Studio - today its relic is in Digomi and part of it belongs to Imedi TV
- Mikhailov Hospital
- Wedding design studios
- Embassies of Germany and Israel
- Antique shops
- Barbarestan – The must visit Georgian traditional restaurant (winner of numerous awards and prizes) - One of the coziest family restaurants is situated in the 2 centuries old cellar. The restaurant was founded in 2016 by Qurasbediani family as a family business based in according to the recipes of Barbare Jorjadze, from the 19th century.
- Boutique style shops
- Oriental sweets bakeries
- Apollo Cinema
- Ballett School, M. Doijashvili Music School, Public Schools, and Kindergartens.
- Fabrika - a huge multifunctional space inside the former soviet-period sewing factory. Around the yard of Fabrika one will find a lot of cafes, bars, art studios, Hostel, later turned into a. Now everybody can use the territory of to socialize, meet friends, rest.
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Tbilisi half-day walking tour
Tbilisi Half Day Tour by foot & private car