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Legvtakhevi – one of Tbilisi's oldest districts

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This beautiful place is not as known to locals as it is among our guests. The big number of tourists that come here every day proves this fact.

Legvtakhevi is one of the most historical places of Old Tbilisi. It is located in the southern part of the old town. Its name comes from the fig, as there were many fig trees on this area in the past. Legvtakhevi literally means “the gorge of figs.” It was first mentioned in 1429. This place was dividing the old town’s two districts from each other. Now this area is part of Abanotubani (the district of Sulfur Baths).

The river that flows there is called Tsavkisi-Tskali (water) gorge. Apart from the baths, Legvtakhevi was also said to be the favorite place of women: they used to gather there, washing their clothes, and gossiping about everything. They were also processing leather in the sulfur water.

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© Istock/Elena Odareeva

The history of Legvtakhevi

From the Middle Ages, there was a bridge on the river with a door on it. This place was pedestrian. However, in 1795 this bridge and the door were destroyed because of fights. It was reconstructed several times, but in 1959 due to frequent water flooding, they decided to build a concrete tunnel to block the river.

From that time, the river Tsavkisis-Tskali is connected with Mtkvari River by this tunnel. However, in the latest years, they decided to open this place and give this river a new life. This project started in 2012. During rehabilitation, the old pipes were discovered here: they were used to supply with water Abanotubani. Nowadays, they have left these founded fragments untouched so that every visitor can see it. Furthermore, a lot of leisure places and touristic roads were constructed around this place to make it even more beautiful, comfortable and relaxing for visitors.

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© Istock/Ivan_Varyukhin

A beautiful waterfall and the bridge of lovers

At the end of this road, you will see a little waterfall, which is really appealing. Feel free to take as many photos as you want: believe me, you will want to keep this place in your memory forever.

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© Istock/Elena Odareeva

Before you reach the waterfall, you will see the bridge of lovers. This romantic bridge is full of padlocks with the names of couples and quotes in many languages. People believe that if they lock a padlock on this bridge, their love will be forever. Legvtakhevi is beautiful at all seasons. Sometimes, the waterfall is frozen during wintertime, but you can escape hot summer days here, as the temperature is much cooler.

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© Istock/Elena Odareeva

While traveling in Georgia, do not miss Legvtakhevi, as it is one of the most favorite places of our guests!

Abanotubani district, Tbilisi
Abanotubani district, Tbilisi
Abanotubani, Tbilisi, Γεωργία
Legvtakhevi
Legvtakhevi
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Anano Chikhradze

Anano Chikhradze

I am Anano. I Iove travelling, history and getting to know people from all over the world. I write about Georgia, my country, and I am sure everybody will fall in love with it.

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