Soviet Architecture in Georgia

Georgia has long been part of the Soviet Union in the last century.This era has left its mark on the architecture among others. The Italian photographer Roberto Conte and Stefano Perego traveled to the country to capture the most striking buildings.

In Soviet architecture we mainly think of drab apartment blocks and gaudy monuments, but gradually there is increasing appreciation of this cultural heritage. It’s a bit similar to the brutalism in western Europe. These designs are more and more appreciated.

The best Soviet architecture in Georgia
Tbilisi. Archaeological Museum (1988). © Stefano Perego

In Soviet architecture we mainly think of drab apartment blocks and gaudy monuments, but gradually there is increasing appreciation of this cultural heritage. It’s a bit similar to the brutalism in western Europe. These designs are more and more appreciated.

The two Italian photographers were in 2015 and 2016 several trips to Georgia to take pictures of the most interesting buildings and monuments. Striking is the poor state of many of the buildings. It is difficult to say whether this is through the use of concrete or the lack of money for renovation. It may also be that the Georgians would rather not look back to the Soviet era.

It could just be that a country like Georgia is still struggling with the past and does not know what is worrying stalemate caused by this heritage. If a number of buildings or sculptures disappear in the coming years or more overdue, it is good that Conte Perego and they have captured. And fortunately there are still plenty of buildings that have a new destination.

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The former Ministry of Highways architects George Chakhava and Zurab Jalaghania and engineer Tkhilava Temur (1975). Now the headquarters of the National Bank of Georgia in Tbilisi. © Roberto Conte

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Zestafoni. Art Academy. © Roberto Conte

04-Chiatura-Russian-war-memorial-and-apartments
Chiatura. Russian war memorial and apartments. © Stefano Perego

05-Marneuli-And-They-Shall-Grow-a-sculpture-of-Merab-Berdzenishvili
Marneuli. “And They Shall Grow”, a sculpture of Merab Berdzenishvili (1975). © Stefano Perego

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Gudauri. Russian-Georgian friendship monument (1983). © Stefano Perego

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Tbilisi. Former auditorium of the Technical University (1976). © Roberto Conte

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Tbilisi. Technical library Bichiasshvili G. (1985). © Roberto Conte

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Chiatura. Overheidsgenouw. © Stefano Perego

10-Tbilisi-Marriage-palace-architect-Victor-Djorbenadze
Tbilisi. Marriage palace architect Victor Djorbenadze (1984-1985). © Roberto Conte

11-Zhinvali-Monument-to-the-Battle-of-Krtsanisi
Zhinvali. Monument to the Battle of Krtsanisi. © Stefano Perego
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Tbilisi. Apartment Complexes Otar Kalandarishvili and Potskhishvili G. (1976). © Roberto Conte

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