Dadiani Palace Museum in Zugdidi
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.
Besides those items, the museum has a splendid library with includes books from Napoleon’s private collection, furniture designed in French and Russian styles, personal gifts to Dadiani family from British, Russian, and other nobility.
Merab Kostava St., Zugdidi, Georgia