Tsinandali Palace – The first European one in Georgia
23 October, 2018
Tsinandali Palace – The first European one in Georgia
There are several palaces of nobleman remained in Georgia. The majority of them were destroyed by different conquerors. But those that remained reflect old beauty as well as the lifestyle of the Georgian nobleman.

One of such palaces is located in Kakheti, in Tsinandali. It was among domains of Chavchavadze princely family for centuries, but true revival of the Estate is linked with the name of Prince Alexander Chavchavadze (1786-1846) son of the diplomat and statesman Prince Garsevan, he turned this
picturesque Estate into the center of the cultural life of Georgia.

The estate covers around 18 hectares. The estate includes a 12 hectares garden. Princely family famous for fostering European culture was first to produce European style wine and first to encourage European classical music; First ever grand piano in Georgia is still on display in Tsinandali.
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Tsinandali Palace

Estate was frequented by men of arts and sciences, visited among others by Alexander Dumas Sr. and Alexander Pushkin, as well as virtually every Georgian poet of the period.

Prince Alexander, poet, wine enthusiast, and occasional rebel was active in all social developments of the epoch. His involvement in anti-Russian rebellions was treated with far more mercy as a result of him being the godson of Empress Catherine the II, which made him engage in one rebellion after the other. Father figure of Georgian Romanticism and founder of modern Georgian winemaking he was a member of Légion d'honneur and received numerous other honors and decorations for his civil and military career.
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The gate of the Tsinandali Palace

Prince Alexander was happily married to Princess Salomea (nee Orbeliani), great-granddaughter of King Heraclius II. Three daughters of Prince Alexander and Princess Salomea, where famous in their own right: Nina whose tragic marriage to Alexander Griboyedov was lamented by many poets, Ekaterine who became the last queen of Megrelia and Sophia, Baroness Nicolay, three charming Princesses of Tsinandali, all had notable biographies interweaved with the history of 19th century Georgia and Europe.
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The bust of Alexander Chavchavadze

Princely coat of arms serving as a symbol of Estate’s bond with the past, still decorates wine of its noble produce. The “chair” signifies family’s affinity with the throne, the unicorn - the noble blood of the family, the anchor – solidity and the sword it’s alacrity to fight.
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The Garden of the Tsinandali Palace

Dedicated to Tsinandali’s ongoing fame and prosperity director of the House-Museum is Prince Alexander’s descendant Mrs. Maya Kokochashvili.
Tsinandali estate is famous for its beautiful garden as well. Its story of begins in the early 19th century. Originally, there were orchards, promenades, alleys, vineyards, as well as oaks, limes, and maples there.
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The entrance of theTsinandali Palace

Mr. Alexander Chavchavadze had an underground irrigation system installed and added some more verdure to the Park. The Park was laid out by the European landscape architects. With time, it expanded and some exotic plants were planted, too. People often compare Tsinandali to Richmond Park, Kew gardens etc.
However, in 1854, insurgents fighting the Russian Empire led by Imam Shamil of Dagestan nearly devastated the Park so much so that it never looked the same anymore.
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Tsinandali Palace

However, Mr. Arnold Regel, the well-known landscape architect from St. Petersburg, who had laid out quite a few parks in Europe, was commissioned restoration of the Chavchavadze garden. Apart from laying out the Park, Regel had to import plants from abroad, as well.

Source: tsinandali.ge

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