Chiatura: Half Dead City of Georgia

Chiatura: Half Dead City of Georgia

A small city hidden in the mountaneous region of Georgia impressed photographer and traveller Pavel Morozov very much, so he spent several days there, mostly on its numerous ropeways. Chiatura is a city of miners that has dozens of functioning and broken funiculars built in the 1950s. There is an atmosphere of the Soviet epoch in this place, it’s clearly felt in half-ruined houses and almost empty streets.

Nevertheless, Chiatura was promised a wonderful future back in the Soviet time, because the city had huge reserves of ore and managnese…

Chiatura: Half Dead City of Georgia

Chiatura: Half Dead City of Georgia

Travelling over the Kvirilla river in a functioning funicular.

Chiatura: Half Dead City of Georgia

The main places of interest in Chiatura are ore mines in the saburban areas. One still may come here to see how manganese is mined.

Chiatura: Half Dead City of Georgia

The manganese deposit of Chiatura is over 100 years old. It has six mines being in the center of all ropeways.

Chiatura: Half Dead City of Georgia

Those who still live in Chiatura like to remember the times of the powerful USSR. The city currently has something in common with Chernobyl or Baikonur…

Chiatura: Half Dead City of Georgia

The city lies on two sides of the gorge.

Chiatura: Half Dead City of Georgia

Chiatura: Half Dead City of Georgia

Night view of the city that has a market, an auto station, a railway station and three cableway stations.

Chiatura: Half Dead City of Georgia

Chiatura still remains the only city in the world with the largest numberĀ of hoisting devices used as free public means of transportation.

Chiatura: Half Dead City of Georgia

Unfortunately, those who maintain the ropeways can tell many sad stories – many accidents have happened due to malfunctions of this equipment, some people died.

Chiatura: Half Dead City of Georgia

Chiatura is 220 km from Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia.

Chiatura: Half Dead City of Georgia

One of the abandoned flats.

Chiatura: Half Dead City of Georgia

People keep leaving the city for Tbilisi and Russia.

Chiatura: Half Dead City of Georgia

Chiatura: Half Dead City of Georgia

There is no central heating in the city. People use stoves for warming. 60% of all apartments are abandoned.

Chiatura: Half Dead City of Georgia

Abandoned railway.

Chiatura: Half Dead City of Georgia

Manganese transportation.

Chiatura: Half Dead City of Georgia

Chiatura is a non-tourist city but it’s interesting to be here at least once.

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