Tskaltubo, abandoned thermal spa

By April 21, 2020April 24th, 2020No Comments

The Soviet Union, to which Georgia belonged, once built entire spa towns. One of these was Tskaltubo.
This city contained many spa buildings, for use by the Russians who came down from their motherland to find refreshment.

After the war for Georgian independence, the Russians maintained two States “de facto” Southern Ossetia and Abkhasia  and abandoned Georgia, abandoning many of the spa structures built, some of great architectural interest and now occupied by refugees expelled from these two States and loyal to the Georgian government.
Today, they are dilapidated structures, but in almost all of them, due to the key concept of the authoritarian regimes “mens sana in corpore sano”, many of them included recreation spaces such as theaters.
This is why the ancient splendor still lives on through photographs, the ancient splendor, now reduced to little more than rubble.

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Stefano Barattini
Stefano Barattini
Photographer since 1979, when he began to travel. Since 1990, he has been working with the magazine "Mototurismo" and later "Scooter Magazine". He has now found his greatest interest in urban exploration. He has published some books on it, and collaborates with some major projects, including his group "Manicomio Fotografico".

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