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Rustaveli Theatre and Hotel Marriott 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 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 the 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 biggest cinema in Georgia. Opposite the cinema are the Youth Palace and former Parliament Building of Georgia. Kashveti Church is located between the Art House of Tbilisi and the Art Museum. There are many beautiful buildings on Rustaveli Avenue; among them are the Tbilisi Opera House and the Rustaveli Theatre. The avenue is full of various cafes, shops, restaurants and other entertainment places. Rustaveli Avenue is a mix of modern and 20th-century architecture. Rustaveli Avenue is a place of many public protests, but it's also the place of many outdoor exhibitions, performances, etc. The avenue is one of the best architectural and tourist 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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Thu, 23 Apr 2015 05:11:15 -0700

Then-President Mikheil Saakashvili quickly agreed, although the Soviet-era building on Tbilisi's Rustaveli Avenue was less than 60 years old. Lawmakers amended the Georgian constitution to confirm Kutaisi, the country's second-largest city, as the new ...

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Thu, 07 May 2015 23:18:30 -0700

The day will continue with various events on Rustaveli Avenue, like theatre performances, exhibitions, small concerts, dance shows and competitions. In the evening, Georgian singers will be performing at a gala concert on Freedom Square. The program ...

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Sat, 02 May 2015 10:27:46 -0700

Students used whistles and horns to create noise as they marched down Rustaveli Avenue toward the old parliament building where they joined another rally by the Trade Unions, whose supporters were dressed in blue vests. “Gaumarjos to workers ...

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Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:32:19 -0700

From there passing the Rustaveli Avenue I went to the Bridge of Peace, a bowshaped pedestrian bridge over the Kura River. Opened in 2010 the bridge stretches 150 mtr over the Kura River, was ordered by the City Hall of Tbilisi to create a contemporary ...
Civil Georgia
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 06:45:33 -0800

“The government no longer listens to the people, so our duty as of the opposition is to make the government hear people's voice. As far as it did not happen here [in the Parliament chamber] today, it will happen in the capital city Tbilisi on the ...


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Wed, 18 Feb 2015 09:29:45 -0800

Picture a post-Soviet Italy influenced by the Middle East in the depths of the Caucasus Mountains and you have Tbilisi, Georgia. For travelers to this capital, a great way to understand the city's modern sensibilities and its renewed pride—after ...

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Mon, 16 Mar 2015 08:00:00 -0700

Situated on one of the most prominent streets in the vibrant capital, Rustaveli Avenue, Hyatt Regency Tbilisi will feature 170 guestrooms and suites and more than 8,100 square feet (758 square meters) of meeting space, including a ballroom, as well as ...

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