Finally, you may witness the direct impact of Stalin on Tbilisi. His style was grand and pompous – an example of social classicism. “National in form, social in context” – the main idea of Stalin’s architecture. Thus, while some details of the façade may express national symbols, the whole building must serve social Communist ideals. There are several interesting Stalin-style buildings in Tbilisi.
The IMEL building (Institute of Marx, Engels, and Lenin), completed in 1938, stands on the Rustaveli Avenue. It is now under reconstruction, as it will host a hotel.
Also, several high-end apartment buildings were built for important Soviet people, among them: Pekini Street (opposite the Holiday Inn) building, Baratashvili Street building (right after the bridge) and Uznadze Street building (on the embankment, approximately opposite the Justice House).
While Georgia is struggling to get rid of its Soviet past, these museums and buildings are like frozen time capsules, reminding us of Georgia’s troubled history.