Metekhi church an actient monument in Tbilisi (13th century) is one of the most popular sights of the city. Temple stands on a high rock, on the right bank of the Mtkvari River. This district was one of the earliest inhabited areas on the city’s territory. According to traditional accounts, King Vakhtang I Gorgasali erected here a church and a fort which served also as the king’s residence, hence comes the name Metekhi which literally means “the area around the palace”. During the centuries temple was partially destroyed, Metekhi Temple has survived Mongols, the Turks, the Persians, and after each invasion, was restored by different kings. After centuries, despite initial resistance from the local Communist leadership, the church became functioning again in 1988. Nowadays you can visit Metekhi church and discover breathtaking views on old Tbilisi, Narikala Fortress, Abanotubani, Peace Bridge, Rike Park all the main places of the city, which represents the face of old Tbilisi.