There you can find the visible influence of the Russian Empire. The town is full of cute, little historical houses, still not renovated and thus very authentic. An architect was German from St. Petersburg – Adolf Remmert.
In addition, there you can find the New Zarzma church of St. Alexander Nevsky. It is a 19th-century cathedral, built by the Tbilisi-based architect, Otto Jacob Simons, between 1899 and 1902. Its interior was frescoed by the Russian painter, Mikhail Nesterov.
You may also take a scenic drive to the Abastumani Astrophysical Observatory. It operates since 1932 and used to be the first alpine astrophysical observatory in the former Soviet Union. The observatory provides tours, you may book a peek through the telescope at night if the weather permits.