About Batumi

Batumi is one of the most distinguished tourist destinations on the Black Sea. Batumi's juxtaposition of ancient and modern architecture, its historical port, serene botanical garden, Seaside Boulevard, European squares and streets - not to mention its world-class hotels, restaurants, cafes and bars - make up the face of modern Georgia.

It is important to note that in 2012 American Academy of Hospitality Sciences nominated Batumi as the best tourist destination of the year.

In the second half of the 20th century European architects flocked to Batumi and designed numerous unique architectural designs. Development of Batumi was closely connected with the global economic and industrial development. During this period Nobel Brothers and Rothschild family started their commercial activities (businesses) in Batumi.

Batumi today is still distinguished by modern architecture and abundance of investments. In addition, modern Batumi is a cultural centre in Georgia hosting numerous international festivals with participation of famous musicians and artists.

Boasting one of the widest varieties of flora in the world, Batumi Botanical Garden was established in 1912 by the prominent botanist and geographer Andrey Krasnov. The garden is 111 hectares and contains flora from nine phyto-geographic areas. Visitors can go through the botanical garden by foot or by carts, which can be rented from the garden’s administration.

Located in the center of the city and surrounded by unique and exquisite buildings, Europe Square is one of the most beautiful sites in the center of Batumi. After joining the Assembly of European Regions, the square was named Europe Square, highlighting Georgia’s aspirations towards Europe.

Situated just outside Batumi city center, along the sea front, The Batumi Arts Center is the home of the Batumi State Symphony Orchestra, Batumi State Cappella, Batumi State Musical Center Opera Studio, Musical Theatre of Youth, and quartet “NOTA”. The Batumi Arts Center was reconstructed in 2011 by the architect, Vladimer Khmaladze.

The museum was founded in 1994. It preserves unique archaeological materials from the Bronze Age to the medieval times, which include specimens from archaeological excavations throughout Ajara and Batumi (Pichvnari, Namchaduri, Khikhadziri, Kvashta) conducted by joint Georgian-British expeditions, as well as samples that were discovered by accident. Itscollection includes valuable coins of Georgian and foreign origin, bronze, glass and ceramic ware.

The French Fountains were installed on Ardagani Lake in the vicinity of the newly-built boulevard in 2009. Every evening the fountain transforms itself into a watery backdrop for an entrancing laser show.

Batumi Summer Theatre is located in a central part of Batumi Boulevard and is designed for concerts and other entertainment events. An architecturally-unique wooden building is adorned with wooden ornaments and features a ceiling painted in imitation of the sky. The Summer Theatre has a long history. It was renovated in 2013 and has operated since then.

Gonio-Apsaros Fortress (I century) is located 12 km south to Batumi, on the left bank of the River Chorokhi. One of Georgia's most ancient settlements was located around this fortress. Due to its strategic location, Gonio Fortress became a supporting citadel first for the Romans and later to the Byzantians and Ottomans along the eastern Black Sea coastline. Respectively, the fortress has several layers: the Roman layer (3rd-4th centuries BCE), the Byzantine layer (6th-7th centuries CE) and the Ottoman layer (16th century CE).

The Virgin Nativity Church was built in 1897 by the Zubalashvili brothers, in the Neo-Gothic style with three domes. During Soviet times it was used for various purposes including an archive and a high-voltage laboratory. Later the building was handed over to the Georgian Orthodox Church. In 1989 the Cathedral was consecrated by the Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II. Today the Virgin Nativity Cathedral is the main cathedral of the Batumi and Lazeti Dioceses.

This statue of eternal love and understanding between nations has become one of the most beautiful symbols of Batumi. The eight-meter-high rotating statue of a man and a woman is a work of the Georgian artist and sculptor Tamar Kvesitadze. The sculpture’s name comes from the famous novel by Kurban Said of the same name. Ali and Ninowas created in 2010 and immediately became a symbol of love and the crossroads between Europe and Asia.

Piazza Batumi is one of the most beautiful squares in Georgia. Built around a 5700 sq/m area, Piazza Batumi is distinguished by its one-of-a-kind mosaic and stained-glass art. Completed in 2010, the piazza's chief architect was Vazha Orbeladze. The Estonian artist Dolores Hoffman designed and created Piazza Batumi’s unique stained-glass windows. The author of the biggest figurative marble mosaic in Europe is Georgian designer Natalia Amirejibi de Pita.

Entertaining center Argo is located on Anuria Mountain, 250 meters high from the sea level. The complex offers spectacular views of Batumi, the Black Sea and the surrounding mountains. The center comprises restaurants, cafes, retail shops, open air halls, podium and roof terraces as well. The building is designed using Argo symbols, the ship by which mythical Jason and Argonauts sailed to Kolchida. Entertaining center also includes the cable car as the main connecting line with the town.

In 1881, the construction of the first public garden began in Batumi under the supervision of the Prussian gardener and architect Ressler. After Ressler’s passing, D'Alphonse, a French gardener, continued the project. In 1888, the Russian emperor Alexander III visited Batumi. Fascinated by the garden, he planted several trees in the park together with his family members. In honor of his contributions, the park was named "Alexander's Garden".