Abanotubani of Tbilisi

Wow! Very impressive!

Once the bug bites, it won't stop

Or simply known as the sulphur bath. It was a fitting end to our last day in Georgia. And is also last (for the time being, that is) in the series of posts on this gorgeous country.

Legend has it that Tbilisi would not have been the new capital had King Gorgasali not discovered these ‘tbili’ or warm springs! Walking towards the sulphur bath, it is not difficult to lose direction because the strong odour of sulphur (un)beckons you. Situated amidst a seemingly quiet residential area, the baths are distinct to look at with tiled domes that rise just above the ground.Abanotubani - sulphur bath dome

With a persian-like architecture, the baths have been the place for many tbilisians to have their cleansing rituals over the decades. I was informed that in earlier times, Georgian homes weren’t equipped to have a bathroom and with the cold weather, people would pay a weekly visit to the Abanotubani to clean themselves!abanotubani persian bath

Did I mention that…

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