Gallery 27

The charm of Tbilisi, the vibrant capital of Georgia, is an intriguing blend of Eastern and Western influences, seen most vividly in its distinctive architectural style known as "Tbilisi Houses". One of the finest exemplars of this genre is found at 3 Betlemi Street, where Russian classicism artfully intertwines with local construction traditions to create a residence radiating with individuality. This house, built in the 1840s, not only embodies the builders' skill but also serves as a testament to the culture, education, and refined tastes of the city's inhabitants during that era.

Betlemi St. 3, located at the intersection of Betlemi and Askani streets, is a two-story building with a cellar. The house's most striking features are its elegant, green, lathed wood balcony and its 'musharabi'. The latter, an Arabic term for a type of colored-glass window, elegantly decorates both parts of the balcony and the staircase leading to the second floor. This addition of Eastern decorative elements is a typical feature of Tbilisi Houses, which seamlessly blend the architectural influences of classicism with uniquely creative adaptations.

Interestingly, the implementation of the musharabi in Tbilisi Houses deviates from traditional Muslim design. The glass fragments are larger, and the frame's shape and composition imbue a dynamic quality to the house's staircase and balcony.

Today, this architectural gem serves a dual purpose: it houses local families and accommodates the splendid Art Gallery 27 on the second floor. Locals love Gallery 27 for its extensive collection of exquisite handcrafted souvenirs and its location within one of Old Tbilisi's most beautiful houses.

A visit to Gallery 27 is more than just shopping—it's a sightseeing experience that immerses you in authentic Tbilisi architecture. Aside from the unique souvenirs, the old stairs and colorful mosaic hallway provide fantastic photo opportunities. As a special tip for visitors, the gallery boasts a collection of original "supra" traditional blue tablecloths, a uniquely Georgian artifact you wouldn't want to miss.

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