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Tbilisi's Changing Face

With its rich and varied history, Tbilisi has always embraced a range of architectural styles. Over the years many classical, medieval, and even Soviet structures have found a home in the Georgian capital. Under the administration of President Mikheil Saakashvili, however, Georgia's principal city has seen the erection of many implacably modern structures of glass and steel. Although there are many who bemoan the gradual disappearance of Tbilisi's rickety, but charming, old wooden buildings, their complaints seem to be falling on deaf ears. Like it or loathe it, this latest wave of development seems certain to leave an indelible mark on the city landscape, changing its appearance forever.