Borjomi bridge over the Tsemistskali River, Georgia

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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.

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 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.

Important landmarks include the Romanov Palace (1892-95), designed by Leopold Bilfeldt, built on the bank of the Kura River as a summer mansion of Grand Duke Nicholas Mikhailovich of Russia. In Soviet times, Likani residence was frequented by key Soviet officials, including Joseph Stalin.

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Oda: Traditional Wooden House

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In western Georgia, the traditional architecture of private houses is called Oda. The peak of development of this type of houses, was reached in the XIII and XIV centuries. Prior to the construction, the owner of the house chooses the best spot and the view from the “balcony”. Georgians spend a lot of time on the balcony. They lounge, eat and even sleep on the balcony, in hot summer nights. Spacious balconies and large windows, keep residents in touch with the nature.
Due to moisture and abundant rainfall, caused by the proximity to the Black Sea, Oda stands on wooden or stone pedestals. From the construction point of view, the uniqueness of Oda house is easy transformation. They have always been considered “movable property”, since they can be easily dismantled, moved and reconstructed.
Odas can be seen in towns near: Poti, Senaki, Batumi, Adjara, Kutaisi, Zugdidi.

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Ski and yoga resort Quadrum in Gudauri

Recently, ski and yoga resort Quadrum was opened in Gudauri. Located at over 7000 feet above the sea level, the hotel consists entirely of cargo containers, trimmed with wood. They cascade down along the snow slope, forming a quaint pyramid. Every room has a terrace, with breathtaking views of Caucasus mountains. The building is in complete harmony, with the surrounding nature.
The philosophy of the project is minimalist, and safe for the environment. Architects used exclusively eco friendly materials, of local production.
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