The New York Times advices Americans to visit Batumi in 2019
10 January, 2019
The New York Times advices Americans to visit Batumi in 2019
“Tbilisi, Georgia’s charming capital, has been flooded with tourists over the past decade” – reads the article. Indeed, Georgia has seen record number of tourists and international visitors in 2018. Their number has risen dramatically. According to the data by the National Tourism Administration of Georgia, from January to November in 2018 their number has equaled to 8 105 829. By now, their overall number should have increased.

The New York Times emphasized importance and beauty of Batumi, “a hushed seaside
city where verdant mountains slope down to the Black Sea’s smooth stone beaches, offers a different experience. Already a popular escape for Russians, Iranians, Turks and Israelis, the city is preparing itself for its inevitable discovery by the rest of the world”, reads the article.

So what to see in Batumi?

One cannot escape from walking through the Batumi Boulevard, which is probably the oldest attraction there. Construction of the Boulevard began in 1881. Today its length is around 7 kilometers and is divided into “new” and “old” boulevards. The original and beautiful park is still there, with the addition of modern sculptures, benches and fountains. During the height of the summer season the seashore is busy with cafés, restaurants, beach bars and clubs.
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Another place to visit is the Piazza Square. It is one of the most beautiful places in Batumi, yet as its name suggests, it is distinctly Italian and so a little incongruous in Georgia. The Square covers about 5700 square meters and is surrounded by the Piazza complex, which includes a hotel, a couple of restaurants, a café and a bar.
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While being in Batumi, one should definitely go to the Batumi Dolphinarium, which was opened in 1975. At the time it was the first dolphinarium in the whole of the Soviet Union. Its facilities were upgraded in 2011. New pools, water filtration and temperature systems were installed and seating capacity increased to 700 spectators.
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And the last, but not the least - Batumi Cathedral of the Mother of God is a Georgian Orthodox cathedral, originally built as a Catholic church early in the 1900s. A Gothic Revival design church was built as a Roman Catholic church through the sponsorship of the Zubalashvili brothers, who were Georgian businessmen, between 1898 and 1902. During the Soviet period the church was closed and converted into a high-voltage laboratory. In 1989 the church reverted back again to a Georgian Orthodox Church.
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