Ortajame Mosque


Batumi’s only surviving mosque, built in the 1860s, is finely painted in pinks, greens and blues, with Quranic calligraphy on the walls – but is no longer big enough to accommodate the faithful who overflow on to the streets during Friday prayers. Batumi's Muslims have been seeking permission to build a second mosque for years, but it has still not been granted, largely due to objections from the Georgian Orthodox Church.

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Nearby Batumi attractions

1. Cable Car


This 2.6km-long cable car carries you up to a shopping-cafe-restaurant complex on Anuria Hill, 2586m above Batumi, for panoramic views over the city. It's…

2. Medea Monument

0.43 MILES

Towering over Evropas moedani is this striking portrayal of Medea, the local princess who would help her future husband Jason obtain the Golden Fleece. A…

3. Evropas Moedani

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Broad Europe Sq is surrounded by beautiful belle-époque buildings – renovated survivors from Batumi's original heyday, plus new buildings in a similar…

4. Ferris Wheel

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This large Ferris wheel stands near the northeast tip of Batumis bulvari.

5. Ali & Nino

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The 7m-high, ethereally moving, metal sculpture Woman and Man, by Tamar Kvesitadze, is universally known as Ali & Nino after the protagonists of Kurban…

6. Adjara Arts Museum

0.52 MILES

Well displayed and well lit in an attractive neoclassical Soviet building, the small permanent collection upstairs covers Georgian art from the late 19th…

7. Alphabet Tower

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This 145m-high monument to Georgian script and culture stands near the northeast tip of Batumis bulvari and can be climbed for stellar views.

8. Batumi Tower

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Georgia's tallest building (even if much of it is its needle), the 200m-high Batumi Tower boasts a mini Ferris wheel of deeply questionable aesthetic…