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Batumi

Country
Georgia
State
Georgia (General)
City
Batumi
Type of Location
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About Location

Batumi is the capital city of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara in the country of Georgia. Its coastal location and sub-tropical climate make it a popular city for vacationers across the Caucasus, although few western tourists venture in its direction. It's the party capital of the region with a night life to match which increasingly includes big name international DJs on the beach-front clubs. Expect to party on the beaches with Armenians, Azerbaijanis, Turks and, of course, Georgians.



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How to Reach

By plane

Batumi Internation Aiport is located 2km south of the city.
The following airlines operate service to/from Batumi International Airport:
Euroline (Kharkiv, Kiev-Boryspil, Odessa, Sochi, Tbilisi), Sky Georgia (Antalya, Kiev-Boryspil, Minsk, Tbilisi), Turkish Airlines (Istanbul-Atatürk) and Air Batumi (Tbilisi)

By bus

Buses and minibuses (marshutkas) operate regularly between Batumi and Tbilisi. Travel time is 6 hours and the minibuses are more comfortable than the local marshrutkas in the city. The fare is 18 Lari. The scenery along the way is breathtaking.
Daily buses also operate between Batumi and Trabzon, Turkey, with stops in Rize and the border crossing at Sarpi. Make sure you meet all visa requirements before crossing the border into Georgia.
There are two Marshutka stations. One has long distance minibuses to Kutaisi, Tbilisi, Poti, etc. The other, on Tbilisi Square, has marshutkas to Sarpi (2 GEL, 20 minutes).

By train

Georgian Railways operates trains between Batumi and Tbilisi. Night train leaves Tbilisi at 22:55 and arrives in Batumi's Makhinjauri Station at 7:05 the next morning. Day train #30 leaves Tbilisi at 8:50 and arrives in Batumi at 4:00pm. First class costs 40 GEL, second class costs 23 GEL. In first class, there are two people per cabin, the berths are a little short, narrow and hard but rather comfortable, and linen is provided. Makhinjauri Station is 5 km north of Batumi, and taxis and marshrutkas await incoming passengers. Night train #621 returns from Batumi's Makhinjauri Station to Tbilisi at 22:40, arriving at 7:10. Train tickets can be bought at the station or in Batumi at the office on Z. Gamsakhurdia str. Reserve your seats in advance on the weekends, as many Georgians flock to the seaside.
 

Key places to visit
Batumi Cathedral of the Mother of God, Medea statue, Shota Rustaveli State University, Batumi Botanical Garden


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Places to Visit

Batumi Cathedral of the Mother of God

The Batumi Cathedral of the Mother of God is a Georgian Orthodox cathedral, of a Gothic Revival design, located in the Black Sea city of Batumi, Georgia’s autonomous republic of Adjara.
The Cathedral was built as a Roman Catholic church through the sponsorship of the Zubalashvili brothers, Georgian Catholic businessmen, between 1898 and 1902. Under the Soviet Union, the church was closed and converted into a high voltage laboratory. In 1989, the church was restored to Christian use, this time by the Orthodox Georgians. Instead, the Roman Catholics now use the Church of the Holy Spirit, consecrated in 2000

Medea statue

Medea statue is a monument to Medea, a Colchi Princess of the Greek mythology erected in Batumi, Georgia.
It was unveiled by the President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili, on 6 July 2007

Shota Rustaveli State University

The Shota Rustaveli State University is the higher educational institution in Batumi, capital of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara. Georgia. It is named after the medieval Georgian poet Shota Rustaveli.
The University was established in 1990 on the basis of the Batumi Pedagogical Institute which had been functioning since 1945. The faculties are housed in the building which had served as the Batum Male Gymnasium in the early 1900s.
It currently operates four departments and offers both graduate and post-graduate courses.

Batumi Botanical Garden

The Batumi Botanical Garden is a 111 hectare area of land 9 km north of the city of Batumi, capital of Autonomous Republic of Adjara, Georgia. Located at the place called Mtsvane Kontskhi ("The Green Cape") on the Black Sea shore, it is one of the largest botanical gardens in the former Soviet Union.
The Batumi Botanical Garden was started by the Russian botanist Andrey Nikolayevich Krasnov (1862-1914), brother of General Pyotr Krasnov, in the 1880s and officially opened on November 3, 1912. He was aided by two skilled gardeners and decorators – the French D’Alphonse and the Georgian Yason Gordeziani. Krasnov died in 1914 and was interred at the garden which still houses his grave and statue

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