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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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Tue, 07 Jul 2015 23:45:00 -0700

Freedom Square is the capital's beating heart, and Rustaveli Avenue is its coronary artery. Spanning a kilometer and a half, the thoroughfare carves a wide line of independent stores, boutiques and businesses. The low-rise erections and spacious main ...
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 ...


Mon, 25 May 2015 13:57:46 -0700

For example, the Health Ministry will offer citizens a free Hepatitis C test, while the Finance Ministry will let people plan the country's budget on their own. Even the artificial snow will be presented on the Rustaveli avenue while the weather ...

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Paste Magazine
Wed, 18 Feb 2015 09:26:15 -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 ...

Out of Eden Walk

Out of Eden Walk
Fri, 29 May 2015 05:48:21 -0700

The pathways of the ancients lead from Africa to Rustaveli Avenue. This downtown street is lined with magnificent plane trees that in early May popped open like green umbrellas. (Plane trees: symbols of revitalization in Greek mythology.) There were ...


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 ...

Out of Eden Walk

Out of Eden Walk
Thu, 11 Jun 2015 15:04:14 -0700

I cannot make out their words, anyway: It is a sidewalk on Rustaveli Avenue, howling with rocketing traffic, and one of loudest streets in the world. About these deafened and oblivious lovers stalls a mass of frustrated foot commuters. The sidewalk is ...


Thu, 26 Mar 2015 06:13:45 -0700

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