9th April and Giorgi Leonidze Parks in Tbilisi
07 November, 2018
9th April and Giorgi Leonidze Parks in Tbilisi
What makes Tbilisi more beautiful is its green covers – years old parks. Some of them are decades old, others are created by prominent architects, who arrived in Tbilisi either from Russia or from the European countries.

Previously called Alexander’s park, now called 9th April and Giorgi Leonidze Parks are located in Tbilisi, on the opposite side of the Parliament building on the Rustaveli Avenue.
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Inside the 9th of April park. Photo courtesy: wikimapia.org

Project of the park was created by
Otto Simonson (1832-1914), Academic of the Saint Petersburg’s Imperial Academy of Arts. Otto Simonson worked in Tbilisi from 1858 to 1903. The majority of buildings in Tbilisi and in Caucasus are designed and built by him. Among buildings in Tbilisi we need to emphasize Georgian National Youth Palace, or a Governor’s Palace on the Rustaveli Avenue, near the Freedom Square. Alexander’s Garden was named as the first European style park in Tbilisi by local press. Simonson designed other parts of the park as well, like pavilions, gardener’s house, café-restaurants, fountains and new fence of Kashveti Church.

The park was renovated in 1981.
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Monument of Otar Meghvinetukhutsesi in the park. Photo courtesy: ka.wikipedia.org

Nowadays the park is divided into two parts – upper and lower parts. The street that crosses the park is named after the Georgia writer Revaz Tabukashvili. Upper part is called 9th of April park. The name is chosen after a historic event on the 9th of April in 1989. The April 9 tragedy refers to the events in Tbilisi, Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic, on April 9, 1989, when an anti-Soviet (but pro-Stalin) demonstration was dispersed by the Soviet Army, resulting in 21 deaths and hundreds of injuries.

Lower part of the park is named after the Georgian writer Giorgi Leonidze.
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Giorgi Leonidze’s statue in the park. Photo courtesy: trover.com

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