About Sights – Ilia Chavchavadze Monument in Batumi
Ilia Chavchavadze is widely regarded as one of the founding fathers of modern Georgia. Revered as Pater Patriae (Father of the Fatherland) of Georgia, he spearheaded the revival of the Georgian national movement in the second half of the 19th century. A monument to Chavchavadze was erected in the city of Batumi on Georgia’s Black Sea coast in 1982.
Chavchavadze championed the revival of the use of the Georgian language, the cultivation of Georgian literature, and the revival of Georgian statehood, which had ended when the country became part of the Russian Empire.
He was murdered in an ambush in 1907 whilst travelling from Tbilisi to Saguramo. A later investigation undertaken by Soviet authorities concluded that the Tsarist secret police had been involved in the assassination but recent archive discoveries suggest that it was a joint operation by both the Menshevik and the Bolshevik wings of the Social Democrats, due to Ilia’s condemnation of their revolutionary views.
The monument is located at Rustaveli str. 1, near Batumi State Theater.
Photos courtesy of gobatumi.com
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