Mtatsminda is the heart of Tbilisi. Named after the Mtatsminda mountain, the neighborhood is located on its hills. Mtatsminda district is the downtown of Tbilisi. There is the parliament of Georgia, along with other administrative buildings. The district is the home to variety of museums and movie theaters. There are few churches, which besides being the religious temples, also are treasures of art and architecture.
The district is home to a famous theaters: the Rustaveli Theater, the Griboedov Theater, Free Theater, as well as Opera and Ballet Theater are located in Mtatsminda district. Mtatsminda is the area of high-profile, exquisite hotels, like Marriott Hotel, Radisson Blu Iveria and Astora.
Mtatsminda is hard to imagine, without Mama Daviti Church, The Mtatsminda Pantheon of Writers and Public Figures and funicular. Named after a priest St. Davit Gareji, the 6th century church is built on the grounds of a small cave, where the Saint used to live. There is also a mountain spring, which is thought to have a miraculous healing power. On the same land, there is the Pantheon of Writers and Public Figures. As the name suggests, it is a resting place for famous Georgians (and not only Georgians). The grave of the first president of Georgia Zviad Gamsakhurdia is there, as well as Russian poet Alexander Griboyedov’s grave. Besides religious and sentimental value, this place provides an unforgettable view of the city. But, if you want more breathtaking views, you must take a funicular to the Mtatsminda Park on top of the mountain. As the carts elevate on the slopes, picturesque view opens up.
On the territory of the district there are many monuments of history and architecture. There is the building of the Museum of Art, which used to be a theological seminary, where Stalin studied. Every street and every building in Mtatsminda has its own story, and even locals may not know them all. The Mtatsminda district is an endless interweaving of lanes, hills, narrow cobblestone streets, short dead ends and unexpected turns. Take time to walk in these streets and don't worry about getting lost.