Tbilisi

Tbilisi

Tbilisi (English: /tɪˈbiːlɪsi/ ti-BEE-li-see; Georgian: თბილისი [tʰbilisi] ( listen)),[3] in some countries also still named by its pre-1936 international designation Tiflis[4] (English: /tɪˈfliːs/ ti-FLEES or /ˈtɪflɪs/ TI-flis), is the capital and the largest city of Georgia, lying on the banks of the Kura River with a population of approximately 1.5 million people. Founded in the 5th century AD by Vakhtang I Gorgasali, the monarch of the Kingdom of Iberia, Tbilisi since served as the capital of various Georgian kingdoms and republics. Between 1801 and 1917, then being under the rule of the former Russian Empire, Tbilisi was the seat of the Imperial Viceroy, governing both Southern and Northern Caucasus.

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