Why visit Tskaltubo - advice from a traveller
06 February, 2019
Why visit Tskaltubo - advice from a traveller
The abandoned sanatoriums of Tskaltubo, a town in the west part of Georgia is one of the most interesting places to visit in Georgia. The place is distinguished by its natural springs emanating from limestone massifs deep beneath the ground. The water is enriched by radon-carbonate and minerals. The springs are believed to have healing properties.
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In Soviet Georgia, Tskaltubo was a famous spa resort. After the fall of the Soviet Union, the sanatorium lost its function. Vines, bushes, and weeds
found their ways through the pillared hallways into the bathing rooms. Later in 1992, a bloody conflict broke out between government forces and separatists who fought for the independence of Abkhazia, a disputed autonomous republic in northwestern Georgia. After the fall of Sukhumi, the capital city of Abkhazia, thousands of Georgians were forced to flee the city. The IDPs found the deserted corridors of the Tskaltubo sanatorium as a shelter.
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The IDPs have never left the place. The original settlers have had children, and now grandchildren. They had to adapt and create makeshift homes.
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The design of the sanatoriums was a model of progressive Soviet architecture. The architecture was a fusion of what is now known as classical Stalinist design and ethnic Georgian decor, as well as Gothic and Roman features.
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Kamila Napora, a traveler from Poland has visited Georgia several times. She was particularly enchanted with Tskaltubo and recommends other travelers to pay the venue a visit.
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“Tskaltubo is located some 10 km away from Kutaisi – the second biggest city in Georgia and frequent minibusses (marshrutka) connect these two places. To get to Tskaltubo from the center of Kutaisi you should take marshrutka No 30 that between 8am and 7pm departs every 20 or so minutes from next to the bridge across the market hall (here you have the exact location, on the left side once you cross the Red Bridge), the price is 1,20 lari. There are also marshrutkas no 34 connecting Kutaisi bus station with Tskaltubo but I didn’t use those.” – writes Kamila in her blog about Tskaltubo.
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There is a spa park located in the center of Tskaltubo surrounded by 20 sanatoriums, 9 bathhouses, and hotels. Some of the buildings are occupied by the IDPs, while the others remain abandoned. Meanwhile, a number of sanatoriums and hotels are surrounded by fences, entering is impossible. But visitors can explore the other sights and their architecture.
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“If you like grand Soviet architecture with all its details and are a fan of abandoned spaces and urban exploration if you visited Chernobyl and loved it then Tskaltubo is for you and you’ll enjoy the place as much as I did. I felt like I’m in a candy store, every corner of the town was exciting for me.” – reads Kamila’s blog.

Source: VISIT TSKALTUBO, GEORGIA – AN ABANDONED PLAYGROUND

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