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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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Georgia Today

Georgia Today
Sat, 26 Sep 2015 09:29:30 -0700

Address – Europe House, No.1 Freedom Square. 2. Dimitri Shevardnadze National Gallery invites you to enjoy an exhibition by Vakho Bugadze entitled “Suburb” Address: Dimitri Shevardnadze National Gallery, 11 Shota Rustaveli Avenue Open until 21:00.

Roads and Kingdoms

Roads and Kingdoms
Mon, 28 Sep 2015 06:07:30 -0700

There is a house on Rustaveli Avenue with a façade in the shape of an astonished face. There is a restaurant that is quite literally “upside down.” There is a fake Chinese pagoda overlooking the sea. None of these are ironic. Most of them are remnants ...
Fri, 09 Oct 2015 05:28:11 -0700

The attacked happened on September 19 when one Georgian citizen and his two Nigerian friends were walking on Rustaveli Avenue in the capital. They were attacked by two Georgians, who beat and insulted the two Nigerians and later disappeared, ...

Democracy & Freedom Watch

Democracy & Freedom Watch
Mon, 28 Sep 2015 14:33:45 -0700

TBILISI, DFWatch–Police in Georgia Sunday detained two Georgian for beating two Nigerians in Tbilisi. The attacked happened on September 19 when one Georgian citizen and his two Nigerian friends were walking on Rustaveli Avenue in the capital.
Sun, 04 Oct 2015 00:00:02 -0700

The entire city is linked by the central Rustaveli avenue. It may have nothing on, say, Barcelona's La Rambla or the thoroughfares of Zurich, but it's unfair to compare, and besides the high-end shopping spots, the avenue has all the main museums ...

Georgia Today

Georgia Today
Thu, 27 Aug 2015 06:11:00 -0700

1. The Georgian National Museum invites you to the exhibition “Georgian Archeology”. For the first time, the archeological material discovered in Georgia over the last 50 years is on show. Address - Simon Janashia's Museum, 3 Shota Rustaveli Avenue. 2.

Georgia Today

Georgia Today
Wed, 02 Sep 2015 08:37:03 -0700

Today Free Art Studio will hold this Wednesday at 19:30 pm a workshop in Caricature painting. In just 2 hours you will paint a caricature of the beloved Mr. Bean helping by an artist Makhare. Join Free Art Studio and enjoy. Positives are guaranteed ...
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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