Georgia’s Astrophysical Abastumani Observatory to be restored
12 April, 2016
Georgia’s Astrophysical Abastumani Observatory to be restored
Georgia’s famous National Astrophysical Observatory located in Abastumani, Adigeni Municipality, Samtskhe-Javakheti region of Georgia and considered as one of the most precious cultural heritages is about to be restored. As the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia has reported, the detailed information regarding Abastumani Observatory will be made public at the end of May. Main photo courtesy of Levan Verdzeuli.

“An invitation of bids concerning the Abastumani Resort project will be announced in May. Only afterwards other important
details , including when the restoration works will start and how much money will be needed, will be known to the public”, - The Ministry reports.

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As it is said, very soon both locals and tourists will be able to rest in the renewed Abatumani resort and pay visit to the Observatory equipped with new infrastructure.
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"Abastumani, hidden in the wild Georgian mountains, was a once-secret Soviet observatory. The area was at the forefront of astronomical development. The town – famous in the 19th Century for the quality of its air and thermal waters – was a popular summer resort for the Romanov royal family who then controlled Georgia as part of the Russian Empire. Tsar Nicholas II’s brother, Georgy Romanov, was an avid amateur astronomer, and it was he who brought the first wave of scientists over from St Petersburg; by the end of the century, Abastumani’s first telescope had been built. For the first two decades of the 19th Century, Abastumani was the Bath of the Russian Empire: a social as well as scientific hub for the cultural elite", - BBC reports.
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