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Dadianis' Palace

Dadianis' Dynasty

 

Appointed as hereditary Eristavi (dukes) of Odishi (Samegrelo) in reward for their military services, the family had become the most powerful feudal house in western Georgia by the 1280s. At that time, the branches of the family governed also Svaneti and Guria.

In 1557, Duke Levan I Dadiani became hereditary Prince (mtavari) of Mingrelia and established himself as an independent ruler. His descendant Prince Levan III Dadiani was forced to abdicate in 1691 and Dadianis relatives from the Chikovani (ჩიქოვანი in Georgian) family inherited the title of Princes of Mengrelia and the surname of Dadiani.

Accepting Russian sovereignty in 1802, the Dadiani were elevated to the dignity of Prince of the Russian Empire and enjoyed significant independence in their home affairs. Niko Dadiani, the last Prince of Samegrelo was deposed and his principality was abolished by the Russian government on January 4, 1857. Prince Niko Dadiani officially renounced his rights to the throne in 1868.

The palace

The treasury of west Georgia is located in the center of Zugdidi. Nowadays the palace became the state historical and ethnographical museum. Once it used to be the residence of Dadianis' Dynasty but in 1849 it became a museum. The owners of the palace were well educated people with interests in different fields. The representatives of the Dynasty were acquainted with world history, culture latest technical achievements. They were tightly involved in the social events.

During the centuries they were assisting Georgian artists, writers and representatives of culture. Prominent people were gathering in their residence and were delibarating on political, social and cultural issues.

The Museum

The museum presents to its visitors 41 000 objects. Most of them are unique and invaluable examples of Georgian and foreign art, historic documents and golden and silver treasure.

Along with examples of the medieval period here you will find exhibits from ancient times (Stone, Paleolithic and Neolithic ages).

We should underline the Golden and Silver treasure from I and II centuries. A wonderful collection of Byzantian, Kolkhidian, Romanian, Russian, Polish and Hungarian coins makes visitors admire the people and their interests who used to live here.

Exclusive examples of the embossing made on the golden plates from 11th up to 19th centuries request special attention. Handwritten religious books and official deeds made in 16-19 centuries are also extremely important.

Here you will even find Rococo, Ampir and Bule furniture.

Napoleon Bonaparte's death mask made by his personal doctor Franchesko Antomark in 1833 is also kept in the museum.

 

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