Romanov Palace in Likani
The Romanov Palace, referred to as the Fourth Division, dates from the nineteenth century. There used to be a loaf of bread in this place. Mikheil Romanov’s son likes the mentioned area in Likani as a summer residence. By order of Nicholas Romanov, the palace was built in 1892-95 by architect Leontin Benoit.
The residence later became a tourist destination. During the Soviet period, the palace was visited by many tourists from different countries. It is noteworthy that Joseph Stalin also rested here periodically.
Unique exhibits are preserved in the palace, including a table presented to the Romanovs by Napoleon, a chair presented by the Shah of Iran, and a historic table made from walnut roots by the Russian Emperor Peter I. Almost all the items in the palace are antiques.
In the arch of the central entrance is placed a porcelain parrot, which as soon as the door was opened began to move, as if to greet the incoming guest. This was related to the air cannon. There is still a Romanov-era billiard room in the billiard room, with Russian green ceramics depicting animals living in the Borjomi Valley on a Russian stove in the room.
Also preserved is Romanov’s cabinet, in which Stalin later worked. There are two historical nails in this cabinet, both of which are stamped by Stalin. One for a hat on a desk and the other for hanging a kettle on the wall. This cabinet with fireplace, layout furniture and mosaic ceiling is decided in oriental style.
On the second floor of the palace there is “Butterfly” bedroom. The story goes like this: Romanov had collectors who caught butterflies in the Borjomi area. It occurred to one of them to paint a room with similar pictures of these butterflies, because they were all different from each other. In the same room is a two-sided chair from that time, called the Gabutuli lovers chair.
Likani Palace and Garden leaves an unforgettable impression on the visitor.