Let me begin today’s blog article by wishing my U.S. readers a very happy 4th of July celebration.
Walking around Batumi is an interesting experience. There’s a stark photographic contrast between new and old, sound and dilapidated. The church below is the Batumi Cathedral of the Mother of God. Originally built as a Roman Catholic church, the Soviets converted it into a high-voltage laboratory. In 1989 the building regained its religious function, but this time as an Eastern Orthodox church.
The interior is well worth a quick visit, as well.
Here are some more sights around Batumi: