Tbilisi is the capital of Georgia and the largest city in the country, founded in the 5th century by King Vakhtang Gorgasali on the banks of the Kura River. From Georgian, “Tbilisi” is translated as “warm spring”. Indeed, the city is surrounded by hot sulfur springs. Legend has it that one day the king and his retinue went hunting. His beloved falcon flew for the duck, both birds fell into the water and died in mineral springs. Taking this as a sign, the king ordered the settlement to be laid here. The favorable geographical position on the trade routes to India and Byzantium quickly turned it into a large flowering city. Nowadays, Tbilisi has not lost its significance. It is an important economic, cultural and political center.
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Palermo is the capital of Sicily, spread out at the foot of Mount San Pelegrino, and the largest port on the northwest coast. The city is often called an open-air museum that preserves the treasures of the Roman and Greek empires, as well as the heritage of the original Normans and Arabs.
Palermo’s seething energy manifests itself in everything – an endless stream of cars, brilliant fashionable hotels and restaurants, narrow streets, where residents from neighboring houses can easily say hello walking out onto the balcony, old fountains, a heap of architectural forms from different eras, in sirens of carabinieri cars chasing the mafia. Tourists either forever fall in love with this southern chaos with the smell of salty sea and oranges, or never come back here again.
Palermo is a city of palaces, churches and monasteries. What sins the locals wanted to repent by building so many houses of God, they know only. Continue reading
Rhodes is one of the most popular Greek islands. In ancient times, it was located on trade routes. Due to its favorable geographical position, the island was repeatedly captured. At different times, it was owned by Turks, Hellenes, Phoenicians, Persians and Knights of the Order of the Ioannites, therefore, in Rhodes, a mixture of different cultures is still felt. It manifests itself in architecture, the mentality of its inhabitants and even gastronomic habits.
The island received its name in honor of a nymph named Rhodes, who was the beloved of the sun god Helios. In honor of their patron, the islanders erected the Colossus – one of the “Seven Wonders of the World.” The height of the statue exceeded 35m. However, due to a strong earthquake in 222 (226) BC. Continue reading