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In Old Tbilisi, regeneration overshadows Eurasia's ancient crossroads
June 2, 2017 / 10:17 AM / 6 months ago

In Old Tbilisi, regeneration overshadows Eurasia's ancient crossroads

TBILISI(Reuters) - Lying beneath the imposing Narikala Fortress, the buildings of Old Tbilisi, the Georgian capital’s historic quarter, for centuries reflected the city’s rule by Mongols, Arabs, Turks and Russians.

A small door and a piece of furniture are seen on a street in the old town, Tbilisi, Georgia, April 6, 2017. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili

Earthquakes and invasions -- much of the pre-19th century city suffered at the hands of Persian invaders in 1795 -- have shaped the old city’s cobbled streets and tilting houses.

So too has a drive to regenerate the enchanting, but often dilapidated, neighbourhood.

A Reuters photo essay - reut.rs/2seEaMr - captures the ornate wooden doorways and crumbling facades of buildings still untouched by the redevelopment which is altering the face of Tbilisi.

With its 17-centuries-old citadel, Orthodox churches, decorated columns and balconied houses, Old Tbilisi exudes the charm of an ancient Eurasian crossroads.

Writing by Mark Hanrahan in London; Editing by Richard Lough

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