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I thought it was time for a regular postcard. Here is one I rediscovered recently when searching my archives.

This is from the old centre of Tbilisi, capital of Georgia and a city that for the last 10 years or so has received a steadily growing number of foreign tourists.

Taking this I was standing with my back to a district called Avlabari on a hill above the Mtkvari river, also known as Kura. On the left side is the statue of the 5th-6th century king Vakhtang I Gorgasali, erected in 1967 in front of the Metheki Church (not seen here).

On the hill is the Narikala Citadel, originally built in the 4th century, expanded in the 7th and early 12th centuries and again in the 16th and 17th centuries, when most of the present structure was built.

Inside the citadel walls, on the left side, is the Saint Nicholas Church, built in the 1960's to replace the original 13th century church that had been destroyed by fire.

To the right on top of the hill is the station of a cable car line that connects the hill with downtown Tbilisi. The line was set to be opened soon after my visit in June 2012.

In the lower part of the city you can see the tower of the 13th century Armenian church of Saint George.

Behind the trees is a glimpse of one of the bridges across the Mtkvari.

Here is a larger version.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10602 W: 534 N: 20603] (90416)
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