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The Spa Town Of Borjomi, Source Of Georgia's Famous Mineral Water

Mineral water from the springs of the Borjomi Gorge is one of Georgia's largest exports, well-known throughout the former Soviet region. Nestled in the valley, the town of Borjomi is a popular spa that has been celebrated for the alleged health benefits of its water for nearly 200 years. Abbas Atilay of RFE/RL's Azerbaijan Service filed these photos of the quiet spa town.

Borjomi, a town of 15,000 inhabitants, attracts thousands of tourists who come to enjoy its resorts and mineral baths.
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Borjomi, a town of 15,000 inhabitants, attracts thousands of tourists who come to enjoy its resorts and mineral baths.

Borjomi was a popular resort during the Soviet era, but its history as a spa town dates back to the 1820s, when Russian soldiers began visiting its baths.
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Borjomi was a popular resort during the Soviet era, but its history as a spa town dates back to the 1820s, when Russian soldiers began visiting its baths.

The Borjomi Gorge is also home to the Borjom-Kharagauli National Park.
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The Borjomi Gorge is also home to the Borjom-Kharagauli National Park.

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The town's population doubles due to the influx of tourists during the spring and summer.
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The town's population doubles due to the influx of tourists during the spring and summer.

A river runs through the national park.
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A river runs through the national park.

A fountain provides mineral water from Borjomi's artesian springs, believed to have many health benefits.
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A fountain provides mineral water from Borjomi's artesian springs, believed to have many health benefits.

The Mtkvari River, known as the Kura in Turkey, where it originates  
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The Mtkvari River, known as the Kura in Turkey, where it originates
 

A mother and daughter cross one of Borhomi's suspension bridges.
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A mother and daughter cross one of Borhomi's suspension bridges.

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A less-visited part of Borjomi
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A less-visited part of Borjomi

A resident of Borjomi smiles for the camera.
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A resident of Borjomi smiles for the camera.

A home overlooking the valley
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A home overlooking the valley

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