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I'm looking for this place in Tbilisi. Does anyone recognise this and can point me to the right way?
Tbilisi house

  • The only info I could find is that it is an house in the old city area (found this from the IG feed of the person that took the picture). – Laurent Feb 9 '17 at 8:25
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    And note that the picture color contrast has been heightened artifically. It won't look this bright in real life. – Jan Doggen Feb 9 '17 at 8:51
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This is the Kalantarov's house from the early 20th century. The exact address is 27 Lado Asatiani Street , in the Sololaki district, just under Sololaki mountain where Narikhala stands. The closest underground station is Tavisuplebis Moedani.

It was designed by architect K.A. Sarkisyan and built in 1908 for Michail Kalantarov, a rich merchant living in the area. As far as I could trace, it is a private residence these days, but some say that you can get inside to have a look around.

There's a short film about it, available on YouTube here (in Georgian with Russian subtitles) - https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8rephmjuSTc

By the way, in Georgian, it's კალანტაროვის სახლი (Kalantarovis sakhli).

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    Thanks. The door is open so I assume tourists are welcome to take a look inside. There is some renovation going on though and that makes it less pittoresk... – user1073075 Feb 9 '17 at 12:36
  • Thanks for the update. I'll be in Tbilisi next time in the summer, I'll see if I have a chances to go there. – Aleks G Feb 9 '17 at 12:38
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    "The door is open so I assume tourists are welcome to take a look inside" that's a pretty big assumption. – Mawg Feb 9 '17 at 19:00
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    Yeah, @user1073075, I leave my door open in the spring when the weather's nice, but that's not an invitation to the neighborhood to just wander in and take a look around. Of course, I'm in the US, so maybe things are different in Georgia... – FreeMan Feb 9 '17 at 19:34
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    @user1073075, the word you're looking for is "picturesque" :) – A Simmons Feb 9 '17 at 23:42
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Several Instagram accounts use this picture (you can do a reverse image search on Google) but I found none that indicates a precise location other than Tblisi Old Town.

A russian-language site geo-locates the picture here, but I can not verify that. The translation of the description reads:

Several buildings from XIX-XX centuries have been preserved in the old district of Sololaki. The city was actively developed and built to keep up with Paris and St Petersburg. Therefore a lot of attention was paid to details and, of course, the front entrance. A walk along the Asatiani street in Sololaki will lead you to the house of merchant Kalantarov, which was built in the pseudo Mauritanian eastern style. Be sure to take a look inside as the building was recently renovated. It is known that Michail Kalantarov had five children and he marked the birth of each of them by planting a cypress tree in the rear garden. After the revolution, the Kalantarovs family moved to France and new residents moved into the house.

This info is apparently taken from Stop 10 on Route 3 of this russian-language guide.

Searching for "House Kalantarova" in Russian gives some similar (but less photoshopped) results, which make the above location a credible suggestion.

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The information about the Kalantarian family is slightly digfferent; The builder was not Mikhael but Mkrtitch Kalantarian(my grand grand father). He was born in Akouliss, lived and Baku and later came to Tbilissi. He lived in Brussels till he died. The name in official papers was in fact Kalatariantz. He came with his five sons to Europe and they settled not in France but in Brussels, Belgium. We visited the house in 1978. 18 families were then living in this same house.

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    Welcome to the site. The information in this post is a good addition to the information already in the other answers. It is not an answer to the question at the top of the page. If you include the address and visiting information this will stand as an answer. As it is now I could convert it to a comment but it might get lost as such. – Willeke Mar 23 at 10:19

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