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A street on the outskirts of the old part of Batumi, the third largest city of Georgia, situated by the Black Sea near the border with Turkey.

Batumi was developed towards the end of the 19th century as a terminus of a railway built to deliver oil from Azerbaijan. A refinery and a pipeline were also built, and among those who made the city prosper were the Swedish Nobel family who were heavily involved in the oil business in those days. One of the brothers, Alfred, invented dynamite and made a fortune which is still used for the annual Nobel prizes.

Batumi also grew into a fashionable seaside resort for the upper classes of the Russian empire. Today it is still very popular with Georgian holiday makers and offers an intense nightlife during summer. Several luxury hotels have been built in recent years.

I suppose these low buildings date back to the pre-Soviet period, whereas the bigger ones behind look very much like they were designed and built in Soviet days. The church tower, also surely pre-Soviet, is now receiving a much needed post-Soviet restoration.

I will add two more pictures from the older, and nicest, part of Batumi as workshops.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3350 W: 298 N: 6968] (37011)
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