Lado Gudiashvili Square

Stepping into Lado Gudiashvili Square is like embarking on a time travel journey to the heart of Old Tbilisi. Named after renowned Georgian artist Lado Gudiashvili, this 600-year-old square carries a rich history and an undisturbed historical atmosphere, making it a unique destination in the city.

First appearing on Tbilisi's city plan in 1785, during the reign of Erekle II, the square was initially surrounded by flat-roof houses, a feature that evolved in the 19th century to include Tbilisi's iconic balcony-laden homes. Known by various names over centuries - Bejanas Baghi, Abbas-Abasi Square, Kolortaghi, Alaverdov, and Moghnis, each moniker hints at a different epoch in the square's intriguing history.

Lado Gudiashvili Square houses several architectural treasures. One such gem is a residential building from the 1820s, known locally as the editorial office of "Literary Georgia" and the "Blue House". The building, one of Tbilisi's oldest, has a distinguished history, having served as the headquarters and officers' hotel for the Crown Prince of Russia and the Russian Army.

A significant restoration in 2018 further breathed life into the square's historical heritage. The refurbishment project preserved 16th-century houses and cellars, reinstating their original look, and installed benches to allow residents and visitors a closer appreciation of the architectural marvels.

A peaceful oasis in bustling Tbilisi, the square features a picturesque lovers' fountain, adding a romantic touch to the locale. Its location at the intersection of Lermontovi, B. Akhospireli, Gia Abesadze, Abo Tbileli, and other streets positions it near Liberty Square, making it an easily accessible and relaxing spot amidst the city's vibrancy.

The square's namesake, Lado Gudiashvili, was a central figure in Tbilisi's artistic gatherings, a member of the Syndicate of Futurists, and a noted muralist for café Kimerion. His early work drew heavily from the city's unique inhabitants and their lifestyle, contributing significantly to the cultural fabric of Tbilisi.

Whether you're drawn by the historical narrative, the artist's legacy, or the serene ambiance, Lado Gudiashvili Square offers a unique blend of romance and history, welcoming all to witness Tbilisi's past and present converge in harmony.

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