Batumi is a really fun place to explore with a camera. There is just so much to see, colors to capture, and compositions to frame. As such, you’ll notice that today I have considerably more photographic favorites in today’s Fun Photo Friday. Enjoy!
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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:
M.S. Prinsendam arrived at our next destination of Batumi in Georgia the following morning, April 20. I found this Black Sea destination a lot more welcoming and photogenic than Sochi, Russia. Here you could explore on your own, free from the mandatory escorted tour required in Russia.
Batumi sits upon the site of the ancient Greek colony Bathys (meaning ‘Deep Harbor’) in the kingdom of Colchis. Colchis plays a significant role in the classic epic poem Argonautica, which tells of the exploits of Jason, his ship the Argo, and his crew of Argonauts. Batumi’s connection to this ancient Greek mythos is immortalized in the statue of the sorceress-princess Medea holding the famous Golden Fleece, which Jason and the Argonauts were sent to retrieve.
The statue of Medea holding the Golden Fleece stands upon a tall marble pedestal:
On the Medea pedestal are scenes depicting Jason and the Argo:
The statue below depicts a victim of Joeseph Stalin’s Great Purge. Memed Abashidze was a well respected Georgian writer and politician. He was executed in 1937 following conviction on a charge of treason.
The statue of Memed Abashidze is located outside the Memed Abashidze Museum.
Now for some sights around Europe Square: