About Architecture – New Bridge over the River Borjomula

A new pedestrian bridge is to be built across the River Borjomula near Borjomi Park in the spa town of Borjomi (Georgian: ბორჯომი) in Samtskhe – Javakheti region of Georgia. Borjomi is famous for its mineral springs which were discovered over one thousand years ago. The water is of volcanic origin, pushed up to the surface from 1500m below ground by … Continue reading

About Sights – Svetitskhoveli (The Life Giving Pillar) Cathedral

Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (Georgian: სვეტიცხოველი) in the old capital of Mtskheta (Georgian: მცხეთა)  stands on the site chosen by St. Nino as the place for the first church in Georgia. Situated at the confluence of the Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers, the cathedral was built by architect Arsukidze in the early 11th century and is the place where Georgian kings … Continue reading

About Development – Congratulations Georgia!

Two Georgian initiatives were awarded prestigious United Nations Public Service Awards at a ceremony held in New York in June 2012. The Ministry of Justice was given an award in the category of “Improving the Delivery of Public Services” for its public service halls, and the Civil Service Bureau won an award in the category “Preventing … Continue reading

About Architecture – Ministry of Internal Affairs Headquarters

The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia (Georgian: საქართველოს შინაგან საქმეთა სამინისტრო) is the state law enforcement agency of Georgia. The Ministry’s headquarters is near the Kakheti highway, between Tbilisi International Airport and the city center. Designed by the Italian architect Michele De Lucchi (who also designed Tbilisi’s Bridge of Peace), this wavy ribbon of blue glass appears to float … Continue reading

About Sights – Shatili

Shatili (Georgian: შატილი) is an historic highland village located in the deep Arghuni gorge on the northern slope of the Greater Caucasus mountains near the border with Chechnya. Once part of the historical Georgian province of Upper Khevsureti, it is now part of the modern-day region of Mtskheta-Mtianeti. The village is actually a cluster of fortified flat-roofed stone dwellings and … Continue reading

About Architecture – Georgia’s Glass Police Stations

Since 2009, the government of Georgia has built 80 new police stations and plans to build more. The architecture is futuristic and is also very symbolic: the buildings are open, with large windows and help to show that the democratic process in Georgia is open and transparent for everybody. There are more photos of the glass police … Continue reading

About Reform – ‘Everything In One Space’

The introduction of Public Service Halls throughout Georgia is one of many important reforms that are improving the lives of its citizens. Public Service Hall in Mestia What are Public Service Halls? Tagged ‘Everything in One Space’, Public Service Halls are essentially one-stop-shops delivering key services, such as public access to public records, issuing of passports … Continue reading