The absurd photographic journey through the ghost towns of Abkhazia


Overlooking the Black Sea, Abkhazia now has about 240,000 inhabitants distributed in semi-abandoned cities around the country. Here, between 1992 and 1993 a war for independence was fought which effectively destroyed a region rich in natural and mining beauties.

About 35,000 people lost their lives in the war and many more were forced to leave. Left the vacuum, Abkhazia only obtained the recognition of an independent state by Russia and some countries belonging to the United Nations in 2008.

Jantuha, Abkhazia, abandoned mining ghost town. Empty houses destroyed, the remains of cars, remnants of the Georgian-Abkhaz war

What in the past was a place inhabited by miners who, over time, had built a family and a house, has now become a ghostly landscape. Some families strongly attached to their cities and memories of yesteryear still reside in the semi-empty buildings.

Ruined school in the ghost mining town of Akarmara, aftermath of the war in Abkhazia, aerial view from the drone.


Passing through Polyana (cover photo), up to Jantuha and Akarmara (photo above), the landscape does not seem to change: huge buildings, abandoned cars and a few people around. The capital Sukhumi (photo below), which bears the marks of some battles, certainly has the appearance of a more lived-in and modern city than the rest of the country.

SUKHUM, ABKHAZIA – : – Council of Ministers building, Sukhum, Abkhazia. The palace was destroyed during the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict of 1992-1993

Sometimes some tourists come here. For some inhabitants who, behind the wounds of the war, still see the beauties of nature and the territory, it could be a good point to start over.

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