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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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New Eastern Europe
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:37:30 -0800

On November 15th 2014 around 30,000 people gathered on Rose Revolution Square and Rustaveli Avenue at an anti-government and anti-Russian rally initiated by the UNM. The main reason for calling the meeting together was Irakli Garibashvili's ...
 
allvoices
Sat, 29 Nov 2014 06:12:37 -0800

In the town several destinations of note include the Sameba and Sioni Cathedral, along with the classic appearance of Freedom Square and the Rustaveli Avenue. In the old town, the medieval Narikala Fortress is worth a visit as well as the pseudo ...

Democracy & Freedom Watch

Democracy & Freedom Watch
Fri, 05 Dec 2014 10:33:45 -0800

A couple of weeks ago, a youth NGO 'Georgian Young Greens' on Rustaveli avenue were asking people to take a piece of paper, write down the answer to the following question: “why do you need feminism?” and pose for a picture with it. Due to a massive ...
 
The St. Petersburg Times
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:28:49 -0800

... $4.20) and the Adjari khachapuri (300 rubles, $6.30) — the famous Georgian cheese bread, in the variation that features an egg on top — all pretty much up to the standard of what you would find in any cafe on Tbilisi's main thoroughfare ...
 
Messenger.ge
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 04:45:00 -0800

"The very fact that due to the inability and helplessness of this government, the UNM has managed to revive itself so that it has dared to hold a protest rally on Rustaveli Avenue, is enough to damage the image of the current government regardless of ...
 
Herald Scotland
Sat, 11 Oct 2014 19:03:45 -0700

Walking along Rustaveli Avenue, the major thoroughfare of the Georgian capital Tbilisi, one can see, in its architectural grandeur, why "Tiflis" was revered as one of the most impressive cities of the pre-Soviet Russian Empire. Walking along Rustaveli ...

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Trend.az
Sun, 26 Oct 2014 01:37:30 -0700

The 'United National Movement' party of Georgian ex-president, Mikheil Saakashvili will hold a protest Nov. 15 on the Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi, the country's capital. The party's executive secretary, Zurab Japaridze said at a press briefing Oct. 25 ...

Democracy & Freedom Watch

Democracy & Freedom Watch
Sat, 15 Nov 2014 02:18:00 -0800

TBILISI, DFWatch–Former government representatives from the years following the rose revolution in 2003 are holding a rally in central Tbilisi today to protest against Russia's annexation of two breakaway regions. National Movement members claim this ...
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