Alleya Slavy


This park on the north side of ulitsa Lakoba is the burial site of many Abkhaz who died in the 1992–93 fighting.

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1. Makhadzhirov Embankment


Strung with pretty parks, part-derelict jetties, cafes and kitschy souvenir stalls, and fronted by stretches of stony beach, flowers and tall trees,…

2. Abkhazian State Museum

0.26 MILES

This impressively renovated, air-conditioned museum has well-lit displays including very good archaeological sections. It also has a fairly typical Soviet…

3. Council of Ministers Building

0.29 MILES

The former Council of Ministers was gutted during fighting when the Abkhaz took the city in September 1993. Its fire-scorched shell has been an open wound…

4. Botanical Gardens


With 50,000 sq metres of plants from around the world, the well-maintained botanical gardens, founded in 1840, are well worth a wander.

5. Novy Afon Train Station

10.8 MILES

This now-abandoned but elaborately decorated neoclassical train station on the main coastal road through town has some absolutely wonderful Stalinist bas…

6. Stalin's Dacha

11.56 MILES

Sitting proudly overlooking the sea and within earshot of the bells of Novy Afon Cathedral, this dacha (country cottage) regularly hosted Joseph Stalin…

7. Novy Afon Monastery

11.8 MILES

The multi-gold-domed Novy Afon Monastery, founded by Russian monks in the 1870s, stands out on the hillside, about a 15-minute walk up from the main road…

8. Church of Simon the Zealot

12.09 MILES

The 10th-century stone Church of Simon the Zealot stands on the spot where the eponymous apostle was reputedly killed by Roman soldiers.