In a rapidly developing city along the Black sea, local architect Giorgi Khmaladze has designed a glazed, faceted form, complete with an interior garden. The building is located in one of the newly urbanized parts of the seaside city of Batumi, Georgia. It includes fuels station, McDonald’s, recreational spaces and reflective pool.
The Besleti Bridge also known as the Queen Tamar Bridge is a medieval arched stone bridge at Sukhumi, Georgia’s breakaway republic of Abkhazia.
Vardzia is a cave city that was founded by Queen Tamar in 1185. An earthquake in the 13th century destroyed about two thirds of it and exposed the caves to outside view. Before the earthquake nothing of the city could be seen from the outside, there were merely two entrances, one on each side.
These days a few monks still live there and the caves can be visited. Some of the frescoes are still preserved as is a spring inside the mountain.
In modern day Georgia a monk of the Orthodox Church, Fr. Maxim, is restoring with aid from local villagers a small 1200 year old monastic chapel on top of Katskhi Pillar. The pillar is a natural rock formation jutting upwards from the ground to a height of approximately one hundred forty feet. It was known to be used by stylites as late as the 15th century when foreign occupation by the Islamic Ottoman Empire brought an end to the practice. Upon completion Fr. Maxim hopes to take up residence on top of Katskhi as a stylite monk.