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Sulfur baths in Tbilisi

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Sulfur baths in Tbilisi
Sulfur baths in Tbilisi Sulfur baths in Tbilisi Sulfur baths in Tbilisi
According to the legend the king wounded a deer and the animal plunged into the sulfur spring whereupon it instantly healed and disappeared. It impressed the king and he decided to build a city on the site and to call it Tbilisi (translates as "warm city").
The hot mineral springs contributed the development of the city and the construction of sulfur baths.
The number of Sulfur springs flowing from Mount Tabor is huge. For example, in the late 19th century, it was counted about thirty-one. Their temperature is quite comfortable (about 37 Celsius degree). That's why it's the favorite place for bathing among residents. Gradually springs turned into the modern baths. They were built by Georgians and Turks as well as the Persians.

Georgian poet Joseph Grishashvili expressed this concept as: "If you visit Tbilisi with no visiting of sulfur baths, it is equivalent of traveling to Paris without visiting of Eiffel Tower". Probably that's why the street around the baths is named after the poet.
In the XVII century the traveler Evliya Çelebi wrote as follows:
In the eastern part of the Great Fortress the water is coming from the earth so hot you can even cook sheep's head and legs. This is healthful hot springs with built domes over them.
Bath "VIP"
This one is an elite and very expensive place. It's believed that the patriarch visits the bath. Ordinary tourists are not the frequenters of the place, but businessmen and politicians are the main guests. And it is not surprising because not everyone can afford this kind of rest (75 euro per hour).
Bath #5
Located next to the bath "VIP" this one offers democratic price. Visitors can take advantage of private rooms (5 standard rooms and 2 suites) with swimming pool filled sulfur water or relax in the common room (1.5 euro per hour), which has a stylish look and a lot of space. Anyone can use the sauna or take a massage. Unfortunately, there is no swimming pool in female baths.
Samepe Abano (Imperial)
It is one of the ancient baths with solemn interior decoration. It offers cheap massage (2.5 euro) and expensive rooms (about 50 euro per hour). Usually there are no many visitors.
Orbelianovskaya bath
This is the most beautiful bath and it looks like the Uzbek madrassa. It was the bath where Pushkin had rest in former times. Today you can see there a memorial plaque with enthusiastic remarks of poet about the Tiflis baths. Almost all the tours include observation of the place.
Bath of Mirzoev
The bath is almost similar to "#5", but the common rooms are more spacious and the women's wing has the swimming pool. Outside the building is unattractive and resembles structures in the Jewish style.

"Bakhmaro" Bath
Bakhmaro is no ordinary bath, but a kind of a tearoom with sweets. Here you can enjoy the most delicious jams, which can be found in the city.
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