Dadiani Palaces Historical and Architectural Museum, Zugdidi

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Dadiani Palaces History and Architectural Museum is a Georgian national museum located in Zugdidi, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region, Georgia. The Dadiani Palaces History and Architecture Museum is considered to be one of the most eminent palaces in Caucasus.
The first exhibition, of archaeological excavations of the ancient city of Nakalakevi was prepared by Megrelian prince David Dadiani and took place in 1840. Three palaces form the modern museum complex, parts of which are also Blachernae Virgin Church and Zugdidi Botanical Garden. The Dadiani Palaces History and Architecture Museum houses some exhibits of natural cultural heritage of Georgia – Tagiloni treasure materials, Mother of God holy vesture, the icon of queen Bordokhan – mother of queen Tamar of Georgia, manuscripts from 13th – 14th centuries, miniatures, memorial relics of Dadiani dynasty, and objects connected to emperor of France Napoleon Bonaparte – brought to the palace by the husband of David Dadiani's daughter, prince Achille Murat, grandson of Napoleon's sister, Carolina.
The palace was fully transformed into a museum on May 1, 1921, at the initiative of Georgian ethnographer and geologist Akaki Chanturia.
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  • The building is out of place in an otherwise decrepit town and has the look of a French chateau. While it only costs 5 lari to visit, we were limited to the main Napoleon centric rooms, with his...  more »
  • First of all, the tickets are less than a dollar per person. For 5 bucks, you can get a Russian/Georgian language tour. Not only Napoleon's, but rather Romanoff's connection is on exhibit. More...  more »
  • Wonderful yard, fabulous Palace. Great history of Dadiani family and their connection with Napoleon Bonaparte is very interesting
  • This is a nice museum, but unfortunately the building is going to become unaccessable as there is a lack of money to maintain. Some Unesco fund probably will help to maintain the Palace. The garden is wonderful and comparable to western castles...

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