About Architecture – 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 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 (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

“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 (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

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

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 (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 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 (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 Celebrations – Restoration of Bagrati Church

The restoration of Bagrati Church (Georgian: ბაგრატი; ბაგრატის ტაძარი) in the city of Kutaisi was completed in August this year. Named after Bagrat III, the first king of a unified Georgia, this early 11th century church is seen as a symbol of the unity of the Georgian state. Devastated by an explosion during an invasion of the Kingdom of Imereti by … Continue reading

About Achievements – A Golden Age of Architecture

Georgia has a rich architectural heritage of ancient cave cities, medieval castles and towers, churches and monasteries, monuments and much more. Georgia is also blessed with stunning examples of contemporary architecture. This post is dedicated to some of the beautiful structures that can be found in Georgia’s cities and towns. Click on a picture to see … Continue reading

About Architecture – Tbilisi Prosecutors Office

Situated on the outskirts of the city center and close to the Tbilisi Court building the Tbilisi Prosecutor’s Office is the first project from a small team called ‘Architects of Invention’. This stunning structure consists of a stark black frame with overhanging volumes that are suspended in the air. The choice of materials and the form have been … Continue reading

About Development – Tbilisi Public Service Hall

The largest public service hall in Georgia officially opened in Tbilisi on 21 September 2012.  Designed by the Italian architect Massimiliano Fuksas it is a stunning example of contemporary architecture in Georgia. The concept of the Public Service Hall is a Georgian innovation that has attracted much interest from other countries and Public Service Award from the United … Continue reading

About Architecture – Restoration of Dartlo Village

Earlier this year the Municipal Development Fund of Georgia (MDF) launched a project to restore the vernacular architecture of the medieval village of Dartlo village in Tusheti. The initiative is part of a larger project, called “Kakheti Regional Development Project” that is developing tourism in Kakheti. Dartlo village is one of the most beautiful villages in Tusheti. Situated … Continue reading

About Architecture – Sarpi Border Checkpoint

Located on the Black Sea coast, at the border between Turkey and Georgia, the Sarpi Border Checkpoint is a stunning example of contemporary Georgian architecture. Designed by J. MAYER H. architects and completed in November 2011, the 40 meter high tower consists of multiple levels overlooking the Black Sea coastline. Sarpi is a major business travel … Continue reading