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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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The Guardian

The Guardian
Wed, 27 Jan 2016 06:30:22 -0800

As the fighting raged outside, along the capital's Rustaveli avenue, he and other staff had stayed inside to try to protect it. “One day a group of paramilitaries gunned down the front door, telling us they needed the opera for shelter,” he remembers ...

Georgia Today

Georgia Today
Thu, 21 Jan 2016 10:11:15 -0800

God forbid but if an armed conflict takes place, will Russia ever surrender and meekly let us celebrate victory which will end in a pompous military parade on our hardly-a-kilometer Rustaveli Avenue? What if Russia gets angry and beats us up black-and ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Tue, 29 Dec 2015 08:28:54 -0800

A gymnast performs during a show for New Year and Christmas celebrations in Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi, Georgia. Georgians celebrate Christmas on Jan. 7 in accordance with the Julian calendar. Photo: AP. 1 / 7. StartStop. A gymnast performs during a ...

New York Times

New York Times
Mon, 04 Jan 2016 07:43:26 -0800

Centrally situated off the city's primary thoroughfare, Rustaveli Avenue, the eight-story building was a publishing house during Soviet rule before gaining a new facade of reclaimed wood and black metal trim. Opened in September 2014, it is the third ...

ABC News

ABC News
Thu, 31 Dec 2015 08:11:12 -0800

Actors perform during a show for New Year and Christmas celebrations in Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi, Georgia, Dec. 29, 2015. Georgians celebrate Christmas on Jan. 7 in accordance with the Julian calendar. Shakh Aivazov/AP Photo ...

Khaleej Times

Khaleej Times
Tue, 08 Sep 2015 05:11:00 -0700

Follow the Rustaveli Avenue, down to Freedom Square, listening to the wind of change. This is how its winding streets sound. Cultural diversity is real uniqueness and the treasure of this city. As Georgia is surrounded by so many different cultures, no ...
Stars and Stripes
Tue, 22 Sep 2015 10:34:12 -0700

Strolling down busy Rustaveli Avenue past Freedom Square with its golden statue of St. George slaying the dragon, I entered the warren of narrow streets that make up Tbilisi's Old Town. Meandering along, I passed shops selling fruit and churchkhela, ...
Roads and Kingdoms
Mon, 28 Sep 2015 06:07:30 -0700

Champagne glasses with Toulouse-Lautrec's courtesans on them go for 60 GEL ($25) apiece, an astonishing sum in Georgia. 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 ...

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