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 old houses to unique Soviet structures, right up to the ultra-modern skyscrapers and bridges. The past 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. While that has happened to a limited extent, especially in the section of the Old Town around the slopes of Narikala Fortress, a lot of abandoned buildings in this beautiful place 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 abandoned places 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 architecture photography shots 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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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
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2 years ago

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

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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
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2 years 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
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2 years ago

Reminds me of Anna going down the stairs

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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
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2 years ago

That roof is still perfect!

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S Curve - The Same Staircase, A Different Angle

S Curve - The Same Staircase, A Different Angle

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Michka Shoitan
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2 years ago

Whisper to me your many centuries of secrets.

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#6

Mezzanine - A Stunning Entertainment Hall That Lays Derelict

Mezzanine - A Stunning Entertainment Hall That Lays Derelict

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Naomi Cline
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2 years 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 .

Bored Charlie
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2 years ago

It still looks perfect

cher jennings goubeaux
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2 years ago

Abandoned beauty

Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
2 years ago

Glorious!

Mya Lugar
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2 years ago

If that's derelict..move me in!

Doris Won-Lee
Community Member
2 years ago

I would totally like to live in any one of these spots in the Picts. It seems a waste and sad that so much is forgotten and let go when there is so much homeless people out there in the world.

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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
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2 years ago

incredible workmanshjp

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#8

Broken Baby - Another Entrance In Tbilisi Old Town

Broken Baby - Another Entrance In Tbilisi Old Town

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Chris_the_Creative
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2 years 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.

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#9

All Over The Place - The Heavily Decayed Entrance

All Over The Place - The Heavily Decayed Entrance

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Princess Dram
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2 years 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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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
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2 years ago

Love this!

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#12

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
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2 years 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
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2 years ago

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

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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
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2 years ago

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

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A Self-Portrait Inside That Entertainment Hall In Tbilisi

A Self-Portrait Inside That Entertainment Hall In Tbilisi

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rakuninaru
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2 years ago

This place must have been like a dream

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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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