Hero Square in Gori

Name: Hero Square

Location: Gori, Georgia

The square is an unique place, which unites memorials related to the different political-ideological periods. It has several “layers”. Somehow each of them contradicts to others and it’s really amazing how these conflicting ideas/messages can co-exist on the same space. The site is located in the center of Gori, on the walking distance from Stalin Museum.  Continue reading “Hero Square in Gori”

Alley Devoted to the victims of April 9 Massacre, located in Velistsikhe

Name: Alley devoted to the victims of April 9 Massacre

Location: School of the village Velistsikhe, Gurjaani Municipality, Georgia.

The memorial board was installed in the construction, which dates back to Soviet period. The new board with respective inscription was placed soon after the massacre, which occurred on April 9, 1989 in Tbilisi, Georgia. On that day Russian soldiers attacked peaceful protesters, using tanks, military spades and poisonous gas. As a result, 21 persons were killed – 17 women and 4 men.

Memorial of the heroes fallen in the War in Abkhazia

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Name: memorial of the heroes fallen in the war in Abkhazia

Location: Alley of Glory, Rustavi, Georgia

The monument represents a composition made by 13 columns. 4 of them had boards inscripted names of the heroes fallen in the war in Abkhazia.

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April 9 Memorial in Rustavi

img_20170211_181927Name: April 9 Memorial

Location: Alley of Glory, Rustavi, Kvemo Kartli Region, Georgia

Opening date: April 9, 2016

Sculptor: Valeri Jikia

Additional information: The memorial is devoted to the victims of the tragedy, which occurred On April 9, 1989. On that day Soviet army attacked to the peaceful protesters in front of the Parliament House, Tbilisi, Georgia. Thousands of people on Rustaveli Avenue demanded restoration of independence of Georgia. Militaries used spades, tanks and poisoned gas. As a result, 21 persons died – 17 women and 4 men. Their age range: from 16 to 61 years old. among them a pregnant woman, schoolgirls, students)

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Memorial of the Heroes fighting for Independence of Georgia

memorialName: Memorial of the Heroes  fighting for the Independence of Georgia, executed by Bolsheviks in 1923

Location: Vake Park, Tbilisi, Georgia

Temporary information boards indicate the place, where memorial will be erected. The memorial will be devoted to the patriots executed on that very place in 1923.

The large board on the wall includes Georgian-language information. The written part sounds as:

“On this place on May 20, 1923 Bolsheviks executed heroes devoted to the independence of Georgia:

  1. General Konstantin Abkhazi
  2. General Alexander Andronikashvili
  3. Major General Gregory Tsulukidze
  4. Colonel George Khimshiashvili
  5. Colonel Rostom Muskhelishvili
  6. Colonel George (Gogi) Khimshiashvili
  7. Colonel Alexander Machavariani
  8. Colonel Elizbar Gulisashvili
  9. Captain of Cavalry Dimitri Chrdileli
  10. Captain of Cavalry Simon (Simonika) Bagration-Mukhraneli
  11. Officer Levan Klimiashvili
  12. Officer Parnaoz Kharalashvili
  13. Officer Nikoloz Zandukeli
  14. Iason Kereselidze
  15. Ivane Kutateladze
  16. Simon Chiabrishvili

Nobility Council of Georgia

Here will be erected a church according to the decision of Patriarchate of Georgia”.

Paint handwritten “1923” indicates year of their execution.

Damaged information on the ground states that the monument will be constructed on this place.

Additional information: In February 1921 Russian Red Army attacked Democratic Republic of Georgia. Despite desperate fight of Georgian army, Russia  occupied the country and imposed own rule. Georgian nobility and various groups continued resistance. One of them was Military Center of Independence committee, members of which were Georgian officers. They planned organization of the rebellion and destruction of the Red Army. But they were arrested ,convicted for the attempt of anti-Soviet rebellion and executed on the territory of Vake Park.

It is said that they sang Anthem of Democratic Republic of Georgia – Glory before the execution.

 

Obelisk of World War II at Tbilisi State University

img_20161021_154405Name: Obelisk devoted to the fallen in the World War II

Location: Building I, Tbilisi state University, Tbilisi, Georgia.

Sculptor: Elguja Amashukeli

Architect: A. Jibladze

Opening date: 1978

The monument represents a pillar, with an eagle on the top. Below it has dates: 1941-1945.

Georgian-language inscription sounds as: “კლდეების მკერდზე გაზრდილო…” (“grown up on the chest of the cliffs…”). Other part of the text seems to be removed.

Gagosh for Peace at Gori, Hero Square (Street art)

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Gagosh for Peace. Photo: Gagosh

Name: Gagosh for Peace.

Location: Hero Square, Gori, Georgia

Author: Gagosh (Gagosh is Tbilisi based street artist)

Type of the monument: Street art

Opening date: October 3, 2016

Additional information: Gori is located in Shida Kartli zone, which became subject of Russian military attacks in August 2008.

April 9 Memorial in Ninotsminda

April 9 Memorial in Ninotsminda. Photo: Mamuka Samkharauli
April 9 Memorial in Ninotsminda. Photo: Mamuka Samkharauli

Name: April 9 Memorial

Location: Ninotsminda (Samtske-Javakheti region), Georgia.

The memorial represents a black marble stone with the inscription into Georgian language. It states: “Dedicated to the Memory of those, who died on April 9, 1989”.

Additional information: The memorial is devoted to the victims of the tragedy, which occurred On April 9, 1989. On that day Soviet army attacked to the peaceful protesters in front of the Parliament House, Tbilisi, Georgia. Thousands of people on Rustaveli Avenue demanded restoration of independence of Georgia. Militaries used spades, tanks and poisoned gas. As a result, 21 persons died – 17 women and 4 men. Their age range: from 16 to 61 years old. among them a pregnant woman, schoolgirls, students).