Abanotubani is an ancient district of Tbilisi, located on the eastern bank of the river Mtkvari. Its name is connected to naturally hot sulfuric baths (“abano” is a Georgian word for the “bath”). Beside the health improving purpose, “abano” was a perfect place to relax and even to have a feast.
According to the legend, discovery of hot springs on this territory is connected to the King of Kartli, Vakhtang Gorgasali in the 5th century. This legend is interpreted in works of many writers and researchers.
A 10th century Arab writer and traveler Ibn Hawqal mentions: "the city possesses baths not unlike those of Tiberias that boil water without fire". The district of baths is an oldest part of Tbilisi, where the first population was emerged. It starts from the Gorgasali square, expands till the end of Tsavkisistskali River valley and the small part of Tabori Mountain.
Hot sulfuric spring waters, the temperature of which is 24-27 °C, come from the Tabori Mountain. Like other baths, bathrooms are located underground and covered by dome-shaped arch doorways. Large room is faced in marble. In one of the rooms, you will meet a wonderful well, covered by glass, from where you can see a sulfur spring two meters down