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”→
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.
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)
Name: 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:
General Konstantin Abkhazi
General Alexander Andronikashvili
Major General Gregory Tsulukidze
Colonel George Khimshiashvili
Colonel Rostom Muskhelishvili
Colonel George (Gogi) Khimshiashvili
Colonel Alexander Machavariani
Colonel Elizbar Gulisashvili
Captain of Cavalry Dimitri Chrdileli
Captain of Cavalry Simon (Simonika) Bagration-Mukhraneli
Officer Levan Klimiashvili
Officer Parnaoz Kharalashvili
Officer Nikoloz Zandukeli
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.
Opening date: August 8, 2016 (8th anniversary of August War).
The memorial represents a stone monument, with portrait and name of Levan Midelashvili.
Inscription below states into Georgian: “Glory to the Heroes Devoted to Motherland”
Additional information: Tserovani Settlement is one of the villages built for internally displaced persons after Russo-Georgian war, which occurred in August 2008. Corporal Levan Midelashvili served in Georgian army when the war started. He was born in the village Midelaani, Akhalgori Municipality. He died in the war. He was only 19. Was Awarded Medal for Military Bravery.