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Tunnel Vision #4: Abandoned Train Station, Abkhazia to Georgia

Not exactly an underground tunnel, this train station’s platform resembles one through being closed up by dereliction and surrounding wild undergrowth.   However, take a walk around and you will notice that the train station in Sukhumi, Abkhazia still retains most of its past glory ─ the  foreboding grandeur of Stalinist architecture, also known as Stalinist Gothic and Socialist Classicism.

 

Take a walk outside and you will see how the tunnel formed. All images by: Ilya Varlamov
Take a walk outside and you will see how the tunnel formed. All images by: Ilya Varlamov

 

Peeling away ─ Stalinist architecture of the forgotten past.
Stalinist architecture peeling away with the passing of time.

 

Located on the Black Sea coast’s 63-mile long Abkhazian Railway, which connects Russia’s North Caucasus Railway with Georgia, this station was abandoned during the War in Abkhazia in 1992 and 1993. The dispute between Georgia and Russia over the region has now dissipated, but the decaying station remains, reminding all who see its former glory in the form of intricate plaster work and mahogany furniture, of an era that is best left to memory. Info and Pics via: Bored Panda and Urban Ghosts.

 

Not too long ago, this station was packed with people, waiting for their trains to pick them up and take them to their destination.
Not too long ago, this station was packed with people, waiting for their trains to pick them up and take them to their destination.

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