Archive for September 1st, 2013


The colored picture shown above was taken, incredibly around 1910, by man named Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii. Out of the hundreds of images Prokudin- Gorskii took during his journey around Russia between 1907 and 1915, I found this image to be one of the most intriguing due to the history behind the city.

Located in Georgia the city of Tiflis, rest on the banks of the Kura River. At the time this picture was taken Tiflis had an overall population of 160,000 and a multinational population including Armenians, Persians, Poles, Jews, Georgians and Russians.   Tiflis was a major trade and cultural center in Russia during the late 1800’s. However after the Russian Revolution in 1917, Tiflis became the capital city of the newly formed Democratic Republic of Georgia on May 26, 1018.  Than on February 25 1921, the Bolshevist Russians invaded and claimed Tiflis under Soviet Rule.

Once the Soviet Union dismantled the country of Georgia was once again reestablished, placing the newly renamed city of Tbilisi as the capital. It is interesting to see how the modern day city of Tbilisi, shown below, continuously rebuilt and flourished throughout its history. Whether it was 1800’s or most recently the war against Russia in 2008, the city of Tbilisi has always been the center of relations, whether good or bad, between the countries of Georgia and Russia .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Permanent record: http://loc.gov/exhibits/empire/architecture.html

Cited Sources:

http://lhc.tsu.edu.ge/

http://www.visitgeorgia.ge/en/information/tbilisi

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tbilisi#Russian_control

http://www.tbilisi.gov.ge/index.php?lang_id=ENG&sec_id=69

 

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