On the map: 6 modernist architectural monuments of 20th century Tbilisi
An example of Stalinist-era architecture, the Georgian Parliament building was completed in 1953, by architects V. Kokorin, G. Lezhava, and V. Nasaridze. The building was constructed on the site of the demolished 19th-century Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and its adjacent churchyard, which hosted burials for the Georgian cadets killed during the Bolshevik invasion of 1921.
“The building of the Parliament of Georgia, formerly housing the Government of the Georgian SSR, is a landmark of Soviet Georgian architecture, using national architectural patterns in modern architecture,” says Chorgolashvili.
Severely damaged in Georgia’s 1991-1992 coup, the building required extensive renovation works. The Georgian parliament began meeting here again in 1997, until then President Mikheil Saakashvili moved parliament to the city of Kutaisi in 2012. Since 2019, MPs have been assembling in this building once more, and it is here that the mass rave protests of that year took place.