Tbilisi is just an amazing city, yes, that’s true, but when you look into the courtyards you will find out more interesting things which aren’t visible from the street. The streets show Art Nouveau architecture, carvings. Entrance halls show unique doors, staircases and wall paintings. But why should you walk through hidden courtyards surrounded by more modern and functional wood paneled balconies, some enclosed, some with clothes hanging from the line?3Today we will look into one of the courtyard on Ingorokva street. The door which looks like the door of an entrance hall with several staircases leads into a beautiful courtyard. If you go up the stairs you will find another courtyard. Something like terraced courtyards. And the view from there is just amazing…

My curiosity brought me here but something unprecedented occurred when I just started taking photos. Here I really experienced the feeling of hospitality which I don’t remember but have heard much from my parents and grandparents-‘Tbilisi was a city of relationship’. First, for my surprise I was invited by an inhabitant of the courtyard to show me her ancient things which ran from her family. She had a feeling of proud not to sell these valuable things for good money though the family needed it very much. 1 Secondly,The family of Kobakhidzes showed very Tbilisian hospitality inviting me and my guest for breakfast. The table was laid in a cozy courtyard where it seemed their neighbors often joined them for tea or coffee and to have a chat…

And almost forgot the first British mission in the south Caucasus led by the chief commissioner Sir Oliver Wardrop worked in this building in 1919-1921.

What I know for sure is that once you have a taste of what these old buildings with their courtyards and interesting people hide you’ll peek into every open entry you pass with the hopes of finding some new treasure.

Tika Bujiashvili

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