The Soviet Occupation Museum, located in the Georgian History Museum, represents the Soviet rule of 70 years in Georgia, from 1921 till the collapse in 1991. You can see the personal files of “rebellious” Georgian public figures, plans to execute or exile them, along with other artifacts portraying Soviet-era social and political oppression in the country. In addition, the hall includes one of the train carriages in which the members of the national revolution of 1924 were executed.
If you are an art enthusiast looking for masterpieces of Georgian painters, then National Gallery is for you. The building was built based on a decision from the Russian tsar in 1888 to create a Russian history and military museum to showcase the superiority of the Russian Empire in its territories.
Today, in its permanent collection, you can see the paintings of the 18th- and 19th-century Georgian artists including Niko Pirosmani, Lado Gudiashvili, David Kakabadze, and Iakob Nikoladze, the sculptor.
Dmanisi is a cultural center of the country, which rewrote human history and our understanding of human evolution. It was here that the oldest evidence of humans outside of Africa dating back 1.8 million years was found.
Covering both the ruins of a medieval city and the ancient archaeological site, visitors can have guided tours of the scenic fortress and ruins.
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Other significant artifacts of both Georgian and European culture can be found in Dadiani Palace in Zugdidi, Samegrelo region. The museum is home to more than 45, 000 items, some of which were the collection of the Dadiani family.
One of the most significant items you can see here is the Napoleon Bonaparte’s death mask, and the garment believed to be worn by the Virgin Mary. The mask came to Georgia via Salome Diadiani Murat, who was a wife of Napoleon’s nephew, Achille.
As for the garment, no one knows how it ended up in Georgia, and there are different stories and theories around it. Every August, the clothing is shown to the public; other times it’s stored in a place not accessible by visitors.