The capital of Georgia, Tbilisi, is located in a chain a mountains in the Mt'k'vari (Kura) valley. This city appears almost Mediterranean, with inner courtyards covered with grapevines and narrow alley and comfortable Mediterranean climate. The best view of the city is from Mount Mtatsminda. Above all, the old town quarter is worth a visit. Its numerous churches are famous for their beautiful frescos. The 6th century Sioni Cathedral and the 13th century Metechi Church are especially gorgeous. The pretty townhouses built in the 19th century with their open arcades give the old town a very special charm. In the Georgian State Museum visitors can admire an extensive collection of icons and many frescos as well well jewelled items from tombs that date back to pre-Christian times. On the right bank of the Kura River, north of the old town, lie the ruins of the Narikala fortress, built by the Persians in the 4th century. For centuries the hot sulphur baths near the Metechi Bridge have been used for medicinal healing. Try them out for yourself! An especially beautiful spa in the quarter known for its baths is a bathhouse with a domed roof built in the Oriental style in the 19th century.