Tbilisi is a very small but at the same time very beautiful city. Despite its size, we can explore a lot of different styles impacted by various cultures. Georgia is situated between Europe and Asia, and that’s why it’s so easy to find old European or Asian-style buildings. Tbilisi is also known for its Art-Nouveau buildings, one of which is situated at 18 G.mazniashvili Street. This street was named after the Governor of Tbilisi and the first commander of independent Georgia since 1991, Giorgi Mazniashvili.
The building was built in 1851 and it belonged to Valerian Melkunov, that’s why the initials B &M are on the façade of the building. This building is totally an expression of eastern style. The exterior of the building is decorated with Asian colored glass which requires special care, so it’s possible to see and feel how the sunlight goes through it and it creates a magical effect. Unfortunately, the architect of this building is unknown, but we know that it used to be some economic center, and back then buildings were built around their concepts of activity.
I love walking in Tbilisi’s old streets and I really enjoy exploring old art-nouveau buildings.