About Architecture – Lazika Pier Sculpture

Lazika Pier Sculpture. Photo by Marcus Buck.

Completed at the end of 2012, the Lazika Pier Sculpture was intended to mark the beginning of the development of a new city that was to be called Lazika (Georgian: ლაზიკა). Designed by J. Mayer H. Architects the 31 meter high sculpture is located on Georgia’s Black Sea coast at the end of a one hundred … Continue reading

About History – Conservation of the Gelati Frescos

Frescos at the Church of the Virgin at Gelati

Gelati (Georgian: გელათის მონასტერი) is a monastic complex near the city of Kutaisi in the Imereti region of western Georgia. The Monastery is among the most important cultural landmarks of Georgia and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The complex contains the Church of the Virgin founded by David the Builder (Georgian: დავით აღმაშენებელი) in … Continue reading

About Architecture – Vernacular Architecture of Tusheti

Traditional Tushetian balconied house (“Karseani”).

Located on the northern slopes of the Greater Caucasus Mountains, Tusheti (Georgian: თუშეთი) is famous for its fortress-houses and fortified towers. Its vernacular architecture is based on local needs and construction materials and traditional dwellings were largely built using dry construction methods with stone walls and roofs made from large natural slates. Timber work was … Continue reading

About Architecture – Georgia Pavilion for the Shanghai World Expo

The Georgia Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo 2010

Talented Georgian architect Giorgi Khmaladze designed the “Georgia Pavilion” for the Shanghai World Expo 2010. By the end of the Expo, over 73 million people had visited – a record attendance – and 250 countries and international organizations had participated. On 16 October 2010, the expo set a single-day record of over 1.03 million visitors. Photos … Continue reading

About Architecture – Batumi Air Traffic Control Tower

Batumi Air Navigation Tower - Copy

The air traffic control tower in Batumi on Georgia’s Black Sea coast was put into service in May 2007. Batumi airport serves both domestic and international flights and its control tower is equipped with the latest navigation systems. Digital screens were installed on the control tower’s facade in 2012, permitting display of various graphical and digital images, advertisements … Continue reading

About Architecture – 19th century Megrelian “Sajalabo” House

19th century Megrelian Sajalabo House

This early 19th century Sajalabo house was dismantled piece by piece from its location in the village of Ontopo in Samegrelo region and rebuilt at the Giorgi Chitaia Open Air Museum of Ethnography (Georgian: გიორგი ჩიტაიას სახელობის ეთნოგრაფიული მუზეუმი ღია ცის ქვეშ) in Tbilisi. A typical Sajalabo house was a one-room windowless structure with an earthen … Continue reading

About Sights – The Orta Mosque in Batumi

The Orta Mosque (Georgian: ორთა ჯამე) in Batumi

The Orta Mosque (Georgian: ორთა ჯამე) in the city of Batumi on Georgia’s Black Sea coast was commissioned by Aslan Beg Khimshiashvili, a Muslim Georgian nobleman in 1886, and is one of the finest examples of Islamic art in Ajara. The mosque is popularly known as the “Jamia in the middle” for it once stood in … Continue reading

About Sights – Samtavisi Cathedral

Samtavisi Cathedral

Samtavisi (Georgian: სამთავისი) is an eleventh-century Georgian Orthodox cathedral in the region of Shida Kartli. Heavily damaged by a series of earthquakes, the cathedral was partially reconstructed in the 15th and 19th centuries. Built in 1030 by the architect Ilarion Samtavneli, the cathedral is remarkable for the beauty of its proportions and refinement of carving on the … Continue reading

About Sights – Heroes Memorial in Tbilisi

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“Heroes Memorial” in Heroes Square (Georgian: გმირთა მოედანი) in Tbilisi honors all those who died protecting the territorial integrity of Georgia. Erected in 2009, the memorial is 51 meters high and comprises 16 segments faced with marble. The names of the Georgian military pupils that died in fighting against the Red Army in 1921, the … Continue reading

About Architecture – The Gurtskaya Gymnasium School

The Gurtskaya Gymnasium School in Zugdidi

The Gurtskaya Gymnasium school in Zugdidi (Georgian: ზუგდიდი) in western Georgia was designed by Garik Sargsian. Amazing! Photos courtesy of the President’s Administration. CLICK on the logo to visit GEORGIA ABOUT on Facebook and see photos and news about Georgia. Click LIKE on the page and become a friend of GEORGIA ABOUT. Related articles About Architecture – Headquarters of the Ministry of Justice of … Continue reading

About Architecture – Headquarters of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia

Ministry of Justice  Headquarters, Tbilisi

Designed by Architectural Group & Partners, the headquarters of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia (Georgian: საქართველოს იუსტიციის სამინისტრო) in Tbilisi was nominated for the International Architectural Award in 2011. The Ministry is in charge of regulating activities in the justice system, overseeing the public prosecutor, maintaining the legal system and public order, protection of … Continue reading

About Sights – Concert Hall and Exhibition Center in Tbilisi

Concert Hall and Exhibition Center in Rike Park. Photo courtesy of Tbilisi Government.

A new concert hall/exhibition center is nearing completion in Rike Park on the left bank of the Mtkvari River in Tbilisi. Its designer is Massimiliano Fuksas, whose other works include the nearby Tbilisi Public Service Hall. Add it to your list of sights to see in Tbilisi! Photos courtesy of the President’s Administration and Tbilisi Government. … Continue reading

About Achievements – Davit Agmashenebeli Avenue in Tbilisi

Davit Agmashenebeli Avenue in Tbilisi_10

Davit Agmashenebeli Avenue (Georgian: დავით აღმაშენებლის გამზირი) is named after David IV of Georgia and is located in an historic district of Tbilisi close to the left embankment of the Mtkvari River. Much of the area was built by the German contractor Friederich Vezel in the 1880s. It is one of the most popular shopping streets in … Continue reading

About Sights – St. George’s Church and Monastery complex in the village of Ubisa

St. George's Church and Monastery complex in the village of Ubisa

St. George’s Monastery is situated in the village of Ubisa (Georgian: უბისა) in the Imereti region of Georgia. The monastic complex comprises the 9th-century St. George’s Monastery founded by St. Gregory, a tower and fragments of a 12th-century defensive wall. The four-storey tower was built by Simon Chkondideli in 1141. The monastery contains a unique … Continue reading

About Architecture – Davit Agmashenebeli Avenue, Tbilisi

Davit Agmashenebeli Avenue, Tbilisi

Davit Agmashenebeli Avenue (Georgian: დავით აღმაშენებლის გამზირი) is named after David IV of Georgia and is located in an historic district of Tbilisi close to the left embankment of the Mtkvari River. Much of the area was built by the German contractor Friederich Vezel in the 1880s. It is one of the most popular shopping streets in … Continue reading

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