Before the shores were built and the Mtkvari riverbed was contained in the walls, there were several big and small islands in Tbilisi and its surroundings. The most famous among them was the island of Ortachala. It was located between the main riverbed and its right branch of the Mtkvari, because of this it got the name: place between two waters - Ortachala.
Ortachala was well known for its beautiful gardens, which were an inspiration for many poets and artists. However, in the 50s, the dam Ortachalahes was built and the romantic island disappeared.
Today, Ortachala includes Krtsanisi field. Since it used to be outside of the city walls, it was the site of the Krtsanisi battle in 1795. There are a few monuments, remains of the city wall, municipal buildings and nice restaurants in the neighborhood.
Also, Ortachala is home to a famous Tbilisi Balneological Resort. Besides the medical and wellness procedures and sulfur water treatments, the resort has an outstanding architecture garden and history.