Revisiting and revitalising Georgia’s abandoned Soviet Union buildings | ITV News

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Tskaltubo, in west Georgia, used to be one of the Soviet Union’s flagship spa resorts where visitors flocked from Moscow to enjoy its mineral springs.

In its heyday, visitors flocked from Moscow by train to the 19 sanatoriums and 9 bathhouses.

Then in 1990, the Soviet Union collapsed and the buildings were abandoned – once-grand structures left empty to crumble and decay.

But not for long. When war broke out in the nearby Abkhazia region in 1992, some 8,000 Georgian refugees were given temporary shelter in Tskaltubo’s sanatoriums, and nearly 30 years later, hundreds of families are still there.

Dan Rivers spoke to the families living in these neoclassical ruins, and also to Georgia’s Prime Minister about her vision for the future of these buildings.

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