Borjomi - "Museum City"

Borjomi, one of Georgia’s most unique resort localities, will benefit from a new state project transforming it into a network of historical attractions.

Located in central Georgia and known for its mineral water springs as well as being a link to the winter resort Bakuriani, the town is also home to some of the most special historical sites and buildings. These include 19th century residential houses for Russian Imperial nobility, a narrow gauge railway passing through picturesque natural landscape, and industrial production facilities. These monuments and sites will be subject of a wide-ranging restoration and development project titled Borjomi - a Museum City.

Launched by the National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia, it will involve "rehabilitation” of five key historical buildings in the town and the creation of a brand-new attraction. Under the initiative, a Borjomi History Museum will open in the former Chancellery of the Romanov royal family of Imperial Russia. A Museum of Industrial Legacy will be located in the building of a hydroelectric plant named after chemist Moldenhauer, who developed a method of preserving chemical properties of bottled water in the early 1900s.

A Mineral Water History Museum will open its doors in the factory of the Borjomibrand, which supplies mineral water demand in Georgia and abroad.

As part of the initiative, an Applied Arts Museum will find home in the so-called "New Cavalry Building” in Borjomi. In addition to these series of unveilings, an "open air attraction” site will be set up using the railway between the nearby town Tsemi and the winter resort Bakuriani, marking the history of the establishment of railway line in Borjomi, which included construction of a 900mm narrow gauge line that opened in 1902. The line was renovated and reopened in late 2016 to carry passengers the 38km between Borjomi and Bakuriani through a winding hill.

Further, the Georgian Ministry of Environment and Agriculture, the Agency of Protected Areas of Georgia and the Global Conservation Fund signed a deal on 13 June which envisages the allocation of $250,000 for Georgia’s Borjomi-Kharagauli national park.

The deal includes financial and technical support, which covers the provision of modern equipment for the park's administration.

"With the equipment, the park staff will be able to carry out higher level protection and patrolling of the park territory," the Georgian Ministry of Environment and Agriculture says.

The park administration will receive support over the course of three years.

 

By Shawn Wayne

14 June 2018 12:29