Located in a deep valley, Tbilisi is a city of contrasts built along the riverbank of the Kura and it is situated in the Republic of Georgia.

The architecture here marks a journey through the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries with balconies on the homes to unique Soviet structures, right up to the ultra-modern skyscrapers and bridges. The old is not overly polished either to be honest, unlike in many other cities that renovate to the point where buildings lose any sense of authenticity and while that has happened to a limited extent, especially in the section of the Old Town around the slopes of Narikala Fortress, huge portions of the city remain untouched by restoration projects.

There are acres of tired, graceful, old buildings with cracked walls and decades of layers of fading and peeling paint. Small and large homes with leaning balconies and ancient wooden doors leading to courtyards with family biographies dating back centuries. Right up my street!

Here are just some of my images taken over the course of eighteen months of places that are now featured on my 1-day walking tours that take place until November this year. 

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The Former Hotel London, A Stunning Staircase In The Heart Of Tbilisi

The Former Hotel London, A Stunning Staircase In The Heart Of Tbilisi

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Magdalena Wołk 6 days ago

Wow wow wow wow!

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Circling Around - A Stunning Stairwell In Tbilisi

Circling Around - A Stunning Stairwell In Tbilisi

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Theory Buchannon 1 week ago

Reminds me of Anna going down the stairs

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Soviet Twirls & Swirls - Former Cable Car Station In Tbilisi (Now Full Of Graffiti)

Soviet Twirls & Swirls - Former Cable Car Station In Tbilisi (Now Full Of Graffiti)

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Milena 5 days ago

Such clever and airy design, full of light! Lovely!

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#4

Abandoned Cinema Built In The Early 1900s

Abandoned Cinema Built In The Early 1900s

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Barbara Berg 1 week ago

That roof is still perfect!

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#5

S Curve - The Same Staircase, A Different Angle

S Curve - The Same Staircase, A Different Angle

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Michka Shoitan 5 days ago

Whisper to me your many centuries of secrets.

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Mezzanine - A Stunning Entertainment Hall That Lays Derelict

Mezzanine - A Stunning Entertainment Hall That Lays Derelict

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Naomi Cline 5 days ago

Seeing these beautiful treasures abandoned and forgotten makes me sad. Looking at all of these photos I can almost see the people of that time milling about .

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#7

Broken Baby - Another Entrance In Tbilisi Old Town

Broken Baby - Another Entrance In Tbilisi Old Town

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Chris_the_Creative 2 days ago

Wow. This photo is more striking to me then the architecture. Something about the crack and the way it splits the baby in half. Different people could take different meanings or lessons from it.

#8

The Most Popular Spot “Unknown”, Town House At 9 Geronti Kikodze St

The Most Popular Spot “Unknown”, Town House At 9 Geronti Kikodze St

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cher jennings goubeaux 5 days ago

incredible workmanshjp

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All Over The Place - The Heavily Decayed Entrance

All Over The Place - The Heavily Decayed Entrance

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Princess Dram 1 week ago

It must have been beautiful back when it was brand new

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#10

The Patch Up - The Landing Of A Residential Block Is Now Receiving Some Much-Needed Love

The Patch Up - The Landing Of A Residential Block Is Now Receiving Some Much-Needed Love

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#11

Red Lines - Close To Sunset Whilst I Photographed This Beautiful Entrance Hall

Red Lines - Close To Sunset Whilst I Photographed This Beautiful Entrance Hall

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Naomi Cline 5 days ago

Love this!

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No Entry - The Entrance To The Derelict Armenian Church, Surb Nshan

No Entry - The Entrance To The Derelict Armenian Church, Surb Nshan

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Milena 5 days ago

This is not just a derelict entrance to a church ... this looks like an amazingly old, like centuries old doors to a church! look at the doorstep stones, the bricks, the stone portal and the supporting columns on both sides.... there's much more to this door I'd reckon. Maybe 1300's? Someone please help, if you know more. Thanks!

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#13

Broken Home - A House With Subsidence Issues

Broken Home - A House With Subsidence Issues

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Thomas Ewing 4 days ago

"We don't live too close to Chernobyl, do we?"

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#14

A Self-Portrait Inside That Entertainment Hall In Tbilisi

A Self-Portrait Inside That Entertainment Hall In Tbilisi

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rakuninaru 6 days ago

This place must have been like a dream

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Masquerade Ball - Hidden In Central Tbilisi, This Hall Is Used But Very Decayed

Masquerade Ball - Hidden In Central Tbilisi, This Hall Is Used But Very Decayed

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Milena 5 days ago

All it needs is some serious cleaning and a coat of paint .. lovely

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Golden - Looking Up At The Ceiling That Was Attempted To Be Repaired In A Former Cinema

Golden - Looking Up At The Ceiling That Was Attempted To Be Repaired In A Former Cinema

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