A beautiful but deteriorating monument of Soviet architecture.
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The Amra Restaurant was built in the 1960s on the top tier of the Amra Pier in the Abkhaz capital city of Sokhumi, where it was a popular hangout place for the local upper crust. The restaurant was frequented by prominent actors, artists, and authors, including the renowned Soviet writer Fazil Iskander, who frequently mentioned the Arma Pier in his works.
At the time, the pier was a beautifully decorated monument of Soviet architecture. Today it is badly deteriorating and partially closed due to large chunks of it falling into the sea. Nevertheless, there is still a small cafe on the top deck, and people can be seen wandering around the pier quite happily despite huge holes in the floor and more than a few missing support struts underneath. Even in its current crumbling state, it’s easy to imagine this place in its heyday. It must have been quite spectacular.
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