Abandoned railway station in Georgia’s breakaway region of Abkhazia
20 April, 2016
Abandoned railway station in Georgia’s breakaway region of Abkhazia
After Georgia’s north-western region of Abkhazia seceded from country in the aftermath of war in 1992-93, the region was deserted and left without attention by the locals. Many significant cultural, historical monuments and landmarks turned into ruins covered in dust and plants. Here we present a gallery depicting Abkhazia’s once beautiful railway station that was listed among the most haunting images of abandoned places worldwide by famous website Boredpanda.com. “Beneath all the dust, rust and cracks, there are stories of
people who used to live, pray, or take their daily train rides there, and when you try to imagine these people and their lives, each picture gets a special aura of nostalgia. It’s as if the people in these places just picked up and left”, - Boredpanda reports.

As a reminder, here we offer a brief overview on the conflict and breakaway region by BBC: “Abkhazia's long history was always closely intertwined with that of Georgia. From the 9th century BC onwards, it was part of the Georgian-dominated kingdom of Colchis. The area adopted Christianity in the sixth century. In the 8th century AD, Abkhazia became an independent state, before being united with the medieval kingdom of Georgia in 1008. In the 19th century, the wider region came under Russian domination, and in 1864 Abkhazia was annexed to the Russian Empire. After the Bolshevik revolution, Abkhazia gained a measure of autonomy, before Stalin incorporated it into the Soviet republic of Georgia in 1931. At the time of the collapse of the USSR in 1991, less than a fifth of the people of Abkhazia were ethnic Abkhaz, while the rest of the population was made up largely of Georgians. When Georgia became independent, supporters of a break with Georgia in favour of independence and closer ties with Russia became more vociferous. Tension grew, and in 1992 Georgia sent troops to enforce the status quo. In late 1993, they were driven out in fierce fighting. Several thousand people were killed, and nearly the entire Georgian-speaking population fled the republic in what Georgia describes as a campaign of ethnic cleansing. In 2008 after the war between Russia and Georgia, Moscow declared that it would formally recognise the independence of both South Ossetia (another breakaway part of Georgia) and Abkhazia."

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