Photographer Ilya Varlamov‘s impressive images of the abandoned railway station at Sukhumi reflect the foreboding grandeur of Stalinist architecture, also known as Stalinist Gothic and Socialist Classicism.
Located on the Black Sea coast’s 63-mile long Abkhazian Railway, which connects Russia’s North Caucasus Railway with Georgia, the station has been abandoned since the War in Abkhazia (1992-1993), when government forces clashed with Abkhaz separatists over the region’s independence from Georgia.
Sukhumi’s rundown railway station offers a clear indication of the neglected infrastructure in a region that remains in dispute. Yet its grandeur survives amid crumbling walls, peeling plaster and overgrown platforms.
Station Concourse and Platform
The Grand Interior:
Despite the inevitable decay stemming from two decades of neglect, the station’s interior retains many of its ornate features. Mahogany shelving, classical columns and beautifully carved plasterwork reflect Sukhumi’s position as the capital of Abkhazia. Taking into account the region’s problems and the years of decay, the station remains remarkably intact.