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Tbilisi in some countries also still known by its pre-1936 international designation Tiflis, 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 of Iberia, since then Tbilisi served as the capital of various Georgian kingdoms and republics. Between 1801 and 1917, then part of the Russian Empire, Tbilisi was the seat of the Imperial Viceroy, governing both Southern and Northern Caucasus.
Because of its location on the crossroads between Europe and Asia, and its proximity to the Silk Road, throughout history Tbilisi was a point of contention among various global powers. The city's location to this day ensures its position as an important transit route for various energy and trade projects. Tbilisi's diverse history is reflected in its architecture, which is a mix of medieval, neoclassical, Beaux Arts, Art Nouveau, Stalinist and the Modern structures.
Historically, Tbilisi has been home to people of multiple cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds, though it is currently overwhelmingly Eastern Orthodox Christian. Its notable tourist destinations include cathedrals Sameba and Sioni, Freedom Square, Rustaveli Avenue and Agmashenebeli Avenue, medieval Narikala Fortress, the pseudo-Moorish Opera Theater, and the Georgian National Museum.
The twinning agreement was signed on October 9, 2011 in Tbilisi, Armenia and October 14, 2011 Chisinau, Republic of Moldova by Mr. Dorin Chirtoaca, General Mayor of Chisinau Municipality and Mr. George Ugulava, Mayor of Tbilisi City.
Joint actions and activities Chisinau - Tbilisi:
Current issues regarding bilateral relations were discussed during official visits. Existing friendship and partnership relationships create a good basis for developing sectoral cooperation in order to achieve specific results; Thus, exchanges of experience and mutual visits of the delegations from Chisinau and Tbilisi took place in the social, economic, cultural and local public administration fields;
During the Energy Efficiency Forum in Tbilisi, Georgia (September 2013) the exchange of experience and ideas between Georgian specialists in energy and the energy manager of Chisinau municipality was ensured;
Chișinău and Tbilisi applied together to the common project "Removing barriers to the local municipalities to join the Covenant of Mayors process through dissemination of Tbilisi City experience";
Participation of the Georgia choral group "Mdzlevari" at the choral music festival in Chisinau "Rusted the leaf from vines ..";
Every year, the Tbilisi City Hall organizes the celebration dedicated to the Day of the city "Tbilisoba", to which an official delegation of the Chisinau City Hall is invited. The Chisinau City Hall sends invitations and receives delegates from the twin cities and partners, on the occasion of the Chisinau City Hall.