The Monument of Vakhtang I Gorgasali was built in 1967. The sculptor of this monument is Elguja Amashukeli. Therefore, the location is perfect, just in the old part of the city near the Metekhi church.
Vakhtang I Gorgasali or Vakhtang the Wolf Head was the King of Iberia during the late 5th and early 6th centuries. He led his people, in an ill-fated alliance with the Eastern Roman Empire, into a lengthy struggle against the Sassanid Iranian hegemony. Moreover, Vakhtang is credited with the foundation of several towns, castles, and monasteries across Georgia, including the nation’s capital Tbilisi. So, the Georgian orthodox church declared the king a saint.
Infrastructure around the Monument of Vakhtang I Gorgasali:
- Metekhi Church: Located nearby, the Metekhi Church is another historic and religious site. It stands on a cliff overlooking the Kura River and is a significant part of the area’s cultural and architectural landscape.
- Metekhi Bridge: The Metekhi Bridge, also known as the King Gorgasali Bridge, is a pedestrian bridge that connects the Metekhi plateau with the historic district of Old Tbilisi. It provides stunning views of the river and the city.
- Metekhi Church: Adjacent to the Metekhi Church, is a historic religious site known for its picturesque location and rich history.
- Rike Park: Rike Park is a modern recreational area near the monument. It features sculptures, fountains, and green spaces, making it a popular spot for leisurely walks and relaxation.
- The Rike cable car. This modern cable car connects Narikala with a lower station in Rike Park, on the opposite side of the river. It runs from 10 am until 10 pm daily (until midnight on Saturdays). The fare is 2 GEL, and you can use your MetroMoney card or Transport Card (the same rechargeable cards you use on the bus and metro).
- The Bridge of Peace: The Bridge of Peace is a contemporary pedestrian bridge connecting Rike Park with the historic district. Its distinctive design and illumination make it a notable architectural landmark.
- Restaurants and Cafes: There are various restaurants, cafes, and dining options in the area. You can enjoy Georgian cuisine, international dishes, and outdoor dining while taking in the scenic views.
- Art Galleries and Museums: Explore art galleries and museums in the vicinity, such as the Georgian National Museum, to delve deeper into Georgian history and culture.
- Local Markets: Nearby markets and boutiques offer opportunities to shop for traditional Georgian handicrafts, souvenirs, and local products.
How to get there:
- Metro: Avlabari
- Bus: Europe Square
- By Marshrutkas (Minivans)
- By Taxi
- By renting a Car/ Bike.
Tours via to Monument of Vakhtang I Gorgasali
- The entrance fee is free.
- Take a good camera. You will have amazing views.
- Visit the pale to see the iconic statue. For sure, the view from here is an added perk!
The Monument of Vakhtang I Gorgasali on a Map