Writers' House of Georgia Tbilisi

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Writers’ House of Georgia – Georgian art nouveau

I love the architecture of my city. It’s very interesting and multifaceted. In the late 19th century, a new style was established in Europe and went under various names in the world, such as Art Nouveau, Jugendstil, and Secession etc. We Georgians call this style Modern. Unfortunately, Tbilisi’s significance in the development of the European Art Nouveau movement is less known.

One of the great examples of Art Nouveau architecture and an excellent blend of Georgian and European styles is the Writer’s House. Once the house of David Sarajishvili, it currently represents the Writer’s House. David Sarajishvili was a famous philanthropist, and the founder of Georgian brandy production. He pioneered the production of brandy in Georgia using classic French cognac technology. David commissioned the construction of the house for the 25th anniversary of his wedding in 1905. It immediately turned into an important center of the city’s cultural life. Apart from pleasant events and meetings many dramatic histories are related to this house. The most tragic is the suicide of famous poet Paolo Iashvili. In 1937, amidst the purges of artists and intellectuals, he committed suicide with a shotgun on the second floor of this building.

I like to attend the literature evenings in this house and can hardly wait for the time when two museums will be opened in the Writers’ House. The first will be dedicated to David Sarajishvili, his work and the rich history of the house, and the other one to the writers, victims of Soviet regime suppression.

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Address

13 Ivane Machabeli St., Tbilisi

Telephone number

+995322974101

Opening Times

Mon - Fri 11:00 - 19:00

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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)