Tbilisi - the birthplace of many famous artists (Niko Pirosmani (Niko Pirosmani), Lado Gudiashvili (Lado Gudiashvili). History According to an old legend, the present-day territory of Tbilisi was covered forests. One widely accepted alternatives based on the legend of Tbilisi states that King Vakhtang I went hunting in the woodland with a falcon (sometimes replaced by a hawk or other small bird of prey). It is believed that Falcon King during the fight with pheasant fell into a hot spring and died (from burns received in hot water). King Vakhtang was so impressed that he decided to build a city on a place here. The name Tbilisi derives from Old Georgian word 'Tbil (Tpili)', which means warm.
Tbil (Tbili) name or Tbilisi ("warm location") was given to the city because the area has a large number of hot sulfur springs. Archaeological research has proved that the territory of Tbilisi was settled by people already in the 4th millennium BC The earliest references date from the second half of the fourth century AD, when the fortress was built during the period the reign of King Varazi-Bakur (Varaz-Bakur). By the end of the 4th century the fortress passed into the hands of the Persians, and by mid-fifth century BC to the king of Kartli (Kartli) (Georgia). King Vakhtang I Gorgasali (Gorgasali) (rules in the last half of 5th century) in fact, was responsible for the restoration and strengthening of the city, but not at the bottom. Current location area, which founded the Vic, distributed around the rock Metekhi (Metekhi).