When I first saw pictures of the beautiful old buildings in the region of Abkhazia in 2014, I was immediately enchanted. The architecture design and the beautiful nature surrounding the ancient ruins were an aesthetic dream for me.

At that time, I did not know what my visit in 2019 would trigger in me.

After my entry over the Enguri river, it was easy to see that the wounds of the war were still wide agape. Beautiful houses were everywhere and their remains were slowly recaptured by nature.

Although I already know such scenarios from my visits to Croatia and Bosnia, it is still moving, as each abandoned building changed human history forever.

But like all my travels, I wanted to maintain my objectivity and enjoy my time here as I have done in Georgia before.

The Abkhazians were very hospitable people even though we were very often seen suspiciously. Anyway, I was either taking pictures or eating.

The feeling in the amazing buildings and abandoned places was often very difficult for me to classify. On the one hand, my passion is the decay and the architecture, and many of the places were very impressive. On the other hand, it made me sad because this region is a real pearl, whose gloss fades.

The more it is important to me to record all this in this project because even if the shine fades, a beautiful woman remains a beautiful woman.

As a stranger like me who does not know all the exact historical background of the conflict, it is even harder for me to really understand everything after my visit. I have heard many opinions and experienced a high level of hospitality and friendliness on both sides.

I really hope that both sides will find a good solution for both sides one day. Although you can build a physical boundary, each one can open the boundaries in the hearts.

In any case, my trip has ensured that the Georgians and Abkhazians have a big place in my heart. I hope that my pictures, even if the motives show destruction, will take the viewer on a journey through a good past.

What has happened can no longer be changed, only the way to the future is what counts. And how we shape it is up to us.

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#1

Delay Ii

Delay Ii

An incredibly beautiful old train station in the mountain region.

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Chris Kourou
Community Member
1 year ago

This is cinematic

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#2

The Storm Is Over

The Storm Is Over

View from a balcony of an abandoned sanatorium.

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Doober
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1 year ago

Beautiful shot

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#3

The Black Sea Dreams

The Black Sea Dreams

The jaw-dropping view from the huge balcony of a former sanatorium.

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Chris Kourou
Community Member
1 year ago

Trully beautiful. How come this doesnt work as a hotel or something?

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#4

The Choice

The Choice

The impressive staircase of an abandoned house of culture which was built for the train workers of the town.

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Monika Soffronow
Community Member
1 year ago

You can just see Fred Astaire dancing with Olga, Samara or Tatiana on a Saturday evening.

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#5

Administration

Administration

The area was once famous for its excellent tea. Now the factories are abandoned. This is the administration building of one of them.

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Daniela-Iulia Balaciu
Community Member
1 year ago

might look like an town-hall building. they were a very healthy nation, but with a grandoar embedded in their blood

#6

Jungle Palace

Jungle Palace

A palace in town which was transformed into a small Angor wat now.

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#7

Palms And Ruins

Palms And Ruins

An abandoned pulmonary sanatorium which was built by a landlord for his wife. It has 365 rooms. One for every day.

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#8

Delay I

Delay I

One of many beautiful abandoned train stations in Abkhazia.

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sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
1 year ago

I can picture the extraordinary beauty of the past !!!

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#9

Delay Iv

Delay Iv

Another station in Gagra, which nature is slowly recapturing.

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#10

Royal

Royal

This old sanatorium was really built with attention to detail.

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Monika Soffronow
Community Member
1 year ago

Great restoration project!

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#11

Shine On

Shine On

The huge staircase in the old pulmonary sanatorium of Prince Smetsky (built 1913).

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Monika Soffronow
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

With the world running out of antibiotics, tuberculosis, which was the number one killer up until the 1940s, is once again gaining ground. The BCG vaccine was first used on humans in 1921 in France, but it was not until after World War II that BCG received widespread acceptance. Streptomycin, isolated in 1944, was the first effective antibiotic against tuberculosis. To any anti-vaxxers reading this: I would not be writing this unless I had wilfully let doctors poison me. It almost killed me, and that is how come I am still here. Make fewer children, but take proper care of the ones you have!

#12

Escape

Escape

This was the entrance hall of a former sanatorium on a hill near the black sea coast.

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Miss Cris
Community Member
1 year ago

Great shot! Beautiful use of blue colour

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#13

Intense

Intense

The ceiling in the old theater of Gagra shows what beautiful architecture was present in the region.

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sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
1 year ago

They loved color and made a lovely difference, as well as the gorgeous ceilings !!!

#14

Delay Iii

Delay Iii

The abandoned central station of Sukhumi.

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sharron lynn parsons
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1 year ago

So very impressive !!!

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#15

Colors Of Decay

Colors Of Decay

I found this room especially beautiful because of its architecture and the colors of the decay.

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sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
1 year ago

I especially love arches. doorways, and windows, these days you seldom see any, too many square designs !!!

#16

Shades

Shades

The former ministry building is now totally fallen to ruin and full of injection needles and trash.

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Isobel Davies
Community Member
1 year ago

the more you look at the more like a painting it looks

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#17

Exile

Exile

The plane of former Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze at the former airport of Sukhumi.

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sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
1 year ago

Excellent shot !!!

#18

Pre Chai Latte

Pre Chai Latte

An abandoned café with truly unique architecture near the beach promenade.

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Cheryl Wilcox
Community Member
1 year ago

I just love the composition of this and of all these photos. Really nice.

#19

Hakan

Hakan

Abandoned Turkish freighter in an Abkhazian harbor.

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sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
1 year ago

This is a beautiful shot, sharp with good colors !!!

#20

I'm Alone

I'm Alone

A former mountain town that used to be populated by miners and their families. After the war, the mines were closed and abandoned. A few isolated people still live there.

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sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
1 year ago

Such a terrible waste !!!

#21

Brutalism

Brutalism

The huge abandoned Hotel of a former sports complex.

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Slune
Community Member
1 year ago

The typical charm of Soviet architecture

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#22

Free Seats

Free Seats

Another house of culture which has fallen into a ruin.

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Stalkhub
Community Member
1 year ago

https://www.stalkhub.com

#23

War Remains

War Remains

A depressing scene in an abandoned mining town.

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sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
1 year ago

Skeletal remains, metal and concrete !!!