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What is hidden under Tbilisi?

2012-08-24 16:38

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Restoration work in Tbilisi is in full swing. The buildings, service life of which has expired, are being demolished. The foundations of the remaining habitable houses are being strengthened. Builders cannot do without the usual excavation work. And the land is usually full of surprises. As a result of such "excavations" on the Pushkin Street there were found fragments of the ancient city wall.


The citizens of the capital considered the remains of the ancient fortress, accidently discovered by the builders, a simple unexpected finding. But for professionals accompanying repairs in the city center, the appearance of a fortification from the bowels of the earth was not a surprise as it turned out.

At the construction site we met one of the leaders of the archaeological expedition in Old Tbilisi, Doctor of Historical Sciences, archaeologist Merab Dzneladze. He told us the story of the ancient wall.

- It all started back in the V century. King Vakhtang Gorgasali moved the capital from Mtskheta to Tbilisi and started construction of fortified walls around the city in this connection. We have discovered the City Wall of V-VI centuries not far from here, near Abanotubani (district baths). And this part of the city wall is of about VIII century, the so-called Arab period. Roughly, this is the Medieval. Maybe the early Arab period, or perhaps the later. From historical records of the Arabs we know that during the Arab Caliphate Tbilisi was well fortified. As for the walls and towers that you see, they have multiple layers. As you know, Tbilisi has been repeatedly destroyed. This city is the gateway connecting the East with the West, and its possession gave a huge advantage. That's why all wanted to capture it. Military-transit route, called the Silk Road, starting from the classical period passed through Tbilisi. And after each invasion the walls were being destroyed, and then erected again.

- Mr. Merab, did you expect to discover ancient buildings here?

- Of course, we knew that the city wall must pass somewhere here. After all, earlier there was found its upper part. And this is a continuation of the wall. Now we are in the western part of the fortress.

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