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Rustaveli Theatre and Hotel Marriot Tbilisi
Rustaveli Avenue, then called Golovin Avenue, in the 19th century

Rustaveli Avenue (Georgian: რუსთაველის გამზირი, Rust'avelis Gamziri), formerly known as Golovin Street, is the central avenue in Tbilisi named after the medieval Georgian poet, Shota Rustaveli. The Avenue starts at Freedom Square and extends for about 1.5 km in length, before it turns into an extension of Kostavas Kucha (Kostava Street). Rustaveli is often considered as the main thoroughfare of Tbilisi due to a large number of governmental, public, cultural, and business buildings that are located along or near the Avenue. The former Parliament of Georgia building, Kashveti Church, the Simon Janashia Museum of Georgia (part of the Georgian National Museum), the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre, the Rustaveli State Academic Theater, the Rustaveli Museum, and the Georgian Academy of Sciences, among others, are all located on Rustaveli. The thoroughfare is served by the Tbilisi Metro and buses.[1]

In 1989, tens of thousands of Georgians gathered before the House of Government on Rustaveli Avenue. An attack by the Soviet spetsnaz forces killed many protesters in the April 9 tragedy.

In 2007 and 2011, the avenue was site of anti-government protests.

Life on Rustaveli avenue[edit]

Rustaveli avenue starts at freedom square .The first building on Rustaveli avenue is Rustaveli cinema (The bigest cinema in Georgia),opposite the cinema there are the YOUTH PALACE and Former Parliament building of Georgia.Kashveti church is located between Art house of Tbilisi and Art Museum.There are many beautiful buildings on Rustaveli avenue among them are TBILISI OPERA HOUSE and RUSTAVELI THEATRE.Rustaveli is full of various cafes,shops,restaurants and other entertainment places.Rustaveli avenue is the mix of modern and 20th century architecture.Rustaveli avenue is the place of many public protest but also it's the place of many outdoor exhibitions, performance and etc. Rustaveli is one of the best architectural and touristical centers of Tbilisi.


Coordinates: 41°41′39″N 44°47′59″E / 41.69417°N 44.79972°E / 41.69417; 44.79972

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Democracy & Freedom Watch

Democracy & Freedom Watch
Wed, 13 Aug 2014 16:51:12 -0700

The rally took place outside the old parliament building in Tbilisi on Rustaveli Avenue. “We must show Georgia and the international community the brutality against Yezidis in Iraq. The world is in danger,” organizers of the rally say. Another ...
 
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Fri, 15 Aug 2014 03:41:12 -0700

Georgia is commemorating the 22nd anniversary of the Abkhazia war, which after the clash saw Abkhazia become a breakaway region of Georgia.The confrontation started on August 14, 1992, and lasted for 403 days. It was one of many conflicts precipitated ...

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:41:16 -0700

It's a laid-back city, where most of the action centres around the main thoroughfare, Rustaveli Avenue and the lively network of streets in the old town. The pace has been fast and furious, with a couple of 10-hour days on the road. Framed by the bus ...
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