Narikala Fortress

Narikala Fortress, Tbilisi

Narikala Fortress
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Lauren A
United Kingdom27 contributions
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There are numerous ways you can access the fortress: you can either take a cable car from rike park to the top of the mountain, take a bolt taxi, or walk via the steps. To take the cable car, you can purchase a white card at the entrance and the woman will offer you a return. A return is 5 lari each and 2 lari for the white card.

You can access the fortress via steps doing downhill. Please be warned the steps are very high and walkinh down can cause your knees and legs to hurt. For example, i have poor cartilage in my knees and my legs were physically shaking by the time i got to the fortress. If you have any issues walking ir with stability, i suggest talking a bolt taxi.

When you first enter the fortress, there is a sweet old lady selling fruit and juices and water which is handy on the hot days. There is also a gesnd church, but to enter your body must be fully covered out of respect. I happened to be wearing a dress this day so could not enter. No phones or photography is allowed inside of the church

There are some interesting features around, but most of the trail does require very steep climbing on rocky surfaces. I suggest wearing trainers or shoes with good grip as there is a lot of climbing to do. When you reach the top, there is an area with a metal cross- I had seen many people access the cross from below, but could not figure it out myself as there was no clear path and only a very steep and dangerous climb. There are no fences or gates to stop you from falling, and the fall is BIG. It was a little disappointing as I really wanted to see the cross, so unless you are a good climber and physically strong enough you cannot see the cross.

Other than not seeing the cross, it is a good trip. I advise going with a tour guide to give you some history. It is a nice place to spend an hour and there were many people having picnics and watching the sunset over the entire city
Written April 2, 2022
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DominiqueVB
Oud-Turnhout, Belgium135 contributions
Take the cable car from Rike park (other side of the river), it's only 2 GEL + the metro card.
From there you'll already have a great view, and upon arrival just walk towards the fortress.
Inside there's not that much to see besides the church, however you can climb the walls all the way to the top for some great views of the city.
Afterwards you can either head down to the city, or go back up (pass some stalls) to go see Mother of Georgia or the Botanical Garden.
Written May 27, 2022
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TAIN2013
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia2,877 contributions
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 March 14, 2020
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Mohammad Qutishat
Amman, Jordan2,211 contributions
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 February 27, 2021
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Sangram Banerjee
Dubai, United Arab Emirates15 contributions
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Narikela fortress is right next to the Botanical garden. It is beautifully lit during the night time and is a great place to hang out with friends & family. There are two fabulous musicians that play amazing guitar at the top of the steps after you embark from the tramways. Plenty of food and drinks as well as local candies and souvenir shops are littered throughout. You can walk down to the Old Town bu taking the stairway right into the heart of all the restaurants.
Written January 10, 2020
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arvind1000
Pune, India2,223 contributions
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The Narikala is an ancient fortress overlooking Tbilisi, and the Mtkvari (Vari) River. The fortress consists of two walled sections on a steep hill between the sulfur baths and the botanical gardens of Tbilisi. The fortress can be reached from a tramway or road. Aside from walking the fortress walls, other things to do on Narikala Hill include visiting the Mother of Georgia statue. The views of the city from top of the hill are spectacular.
Written April 20, 2022
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Mohamed S
Alexandria, Egypt1,283 contributions
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 January 25, 2021
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NotOnlyTravel
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Nice place to visit in the evening especially in summer as it could be very hot during the day. If you choose to take the cable car up and down you might need an hour to an hour and a half to walk one direction to see mother of Georgia and may be have a cup of coffee ,then walk the other way to the fortress (good walk) and enjoy the beautiful views from the top. If you want to visit the Botanic Garden you have to allocate additional time.
Written August 18, 2021
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tsoe187
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I loved climbing on the rocks of the fortress. The more you climb, the more beautiful the view becomes. Especially sunset is great (but leave early enough, climbing down will be hard if too dark). It's free and easy to reach by foot (walking uphill through the old bath-area of the old town). Best place to visit in Tiflis in my opinion.
Written August 16, 2022
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Wanderer794656
Dubai, United Arab Emirates414 contributions
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It’s easy to get to (either by the cable car or waking) and there is a good bit to walk around and explore. Also you’re up on the hill outside the city with great views over it all. Definitely get some fresh pomegranate juice from the guy near the entrance, it was great!
Written July 26, 2021
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