About Sights – Deda Ena

April 14 is the Day of the Mother Tongue – Georgian language – in Georgia. On 14 April 1978 the Georgian people protested against the decision of the central soviet authorities to revoke the status of Georgian (as one of the minor languages in the Soviet Union) as a state language and replace it with Russian. Moscow withdrew its decision following the mass protest.

The Deda Ena Statue in Tbilisi

The Deda Ena Statue in Tbilisi

A statue, called Deda Ena (Mother Tongue), was erected in Tbilisi to commemorate the event.

The Deda Ena Statue in Tbilisi

The Deda Ena Statue in Tbilisi

Designed by Elguja Amashukeli and Nodar Mgaloblishvili, the statue is located in Deda Ena Park (Georgian: დედა ენის ბაღი) on the right bank of the Mtkvari River, close to Tbilisi Public Service Hall and the Dry Bridge.

The Deda Ena Statue in Tbilisi

The Deda Ena Statue in Tbilisi

The Deda Ena Statue in Tbilisi

The Deda Ena Statue in Tbilisi

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