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Day And Night In Tbilisi

Photographer Abbas Atilay of RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service took these photos of the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, where ancient churches, modern bridges, sleepy streets, and busy thoroughfares all lie side by side. (18 PHOTOS)

The Kura River divides the city.
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The Kura River divides the city.

Churches and houses perched on the steep banks
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Churches and houses perched on the steep banks

A newly constructed bridge over the Kura River
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A newly constructed bridge over the Kura River

The baptism of a newborn baby in an Orthodox church
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The baptism of a newborn baby in an Orthodox church

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The reconstructed Holy Trinity Cathedral, known as Sameba, is the main cathedral of the Georgian Orthodox Church in Tbilisi.
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The reconstructed Holy Trinity Cathedral, known as Sameba, is the main cathedral of the Georgian Orthodox Church in Tbilisi.

Rustaveli Avenue, named after Shota Rustaveli, Georgia's 12th-century epic poet
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Rustaveli Avenue, named after Shota Rustaveli, Georgia's 12th-century epic poet

Central Tbilisi
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Central Tbilisi

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A small shop on Rustaveli Avenue
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A small shop on Rustaveli Avenue

One of Tbilisi's old residential neighborhoods
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One of Tbilisi's old residential neighborhoods

Tbilisi at night
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Tbilisi at night

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The Presidential Palace flies the Georgian flag.
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The Presidential Palace flies the Georgian flag.

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