Abanotubani is where the story of Tbilisi begins. The name literally means bath neighborhood, so that's exactly what it is.
Archaeological discoveries revealed, that the territory of Tbilisi was inhabited as early as 4th millennium BC. However, the legend tells a story of founding Tbilisi in 4th century, by king Vakhtang I Gorgasali of iberia.
One pleasant morning, the king went hunting in region of Mtskheta; the capital of Georgia at a time. The king's falcon chased a, but both birds fell into a hot spring and died. King Vakhtang was thrilled with the discovery, so he decided to build a city on this location. The hot springs played a role in naming the city as well. Tbili means warm in Georgian, so the city was named Tbilisi. There are warm sun and warm hearted people in Tbilisi as well, though.
Besides its world famous and well phrased sulfur baths, Abanotubani is a crossroad of cultures. Tbilisi has been a flagman of tolerance and coexistence in a region for centuries. In Abanotubani you can see a mosque, church and synagogue all within walking distance from each other.
When visiting Tbilisi, Abanotubani is an absolute must see. It has it all: flowing Mtkvari river, Botanical garden, Narikala fortress, mountain or flat riverside. With its sulfur baths and colorful balconies, that are hung from the cliffs Abanotubani is the most picturesque neighborhoods of Tbilisi.