Eiffel Bridge over Tsemistskali River in Georgia

There is a beautiful bridge on the narrow-gauge railway from Borjomi in Bakuriani. It’s famous because it was built by Alexandre Gustave Eiffel in 1902. He is best known for the world-famous Eiffel Tower, built in Paris.

Narrow-gauge railway Borzhomi – Bakuriani. The line is mainly used for passenger service. Freight traffic was transported until 1991 from an andesite mine in Bakuriani. Because of its location close to Tbilisi, the capital, there is a great deal of weekend tourist traffic, and the line is widely used by local residents to travel between the two resorts. Travel time is 2.5 hours from Bakuriani to Borjomi and back.

Many people do not know that the railroad bridge connecting the towns of Tsagveri and Tsemi was commissioned by Romanovs in France. It was created by the famous architect Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, brought to Georgia and assembled over the Tsemistskali River.

Romanov Summer Residence, Likani, Borjomi, Georgia
Photo by
David & Bonnie

Likani is a small town in Georgia’s Samtskhe-Javakheti region, located at the west end of the town of Borjomi in the Borjomi Gorge, some 160 km west of Tbilisi, capital of Georgia. Likani is a popular mountain spa.

Important landmarks include a three-nave basilica church (8th-9th centuries) and the Romanov Palace (1892-95). The latter – projected by Leon Benois and designed by Leopold Bilfeldt – was built on the bank of the Kura River as a summer mansion of Grand Duke Nicholas Mikhailovich of Russia. In the Soviet times, the Likani residence passed into the property of the state and was frequented by key Soviet officials, including Joseph Stalin.

via amazinggeorgia.com

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