The Capital Under an Open Sky
11.12.2012 17:05Abkhazia has been very lucky with natural and climatic conditions - on one side there is the Caucasus mountain range that protects from cold winds, on the other side - the Black Sea, which has neither tsunami nor devastating tornadoes. In the entire history of the country there was not a single strong earthquake, all natural disasters is quite moderate. Mild subtropical, evergreen vegetation, a beautiful blue sea and one of the most comfortable climates in the world. Earth paradise, which has a capital with two and a half thousand years of history.
Despite all the historical upheavals of war and revolutions, life in this capital city has its own barely visible beauty. Its people constantly feel the sky above their heads, can see a full moon and stars in all their splendor, nothing is blocking them from the sun and in the morning sun streaming through curtains the beam causes a slight smile at the person who has not yet woken up. Sukhum is green all year round, surely something will bloom even in winter, including the roses. The sea air even reaches the hilly outskirts. Perhaps there is no city with such favorable natural conditions, which do not affect by the architecture and urban citizen can combine the advantages of a city life with suburban.
Not surprisingly, that coffee culture so blended with Sukhum’s life. The mixture of pure metropolitan, governmental and administrative functions with comfortable natural environment, atmosphere of a maritime town and coffee culture yielded a unique result - an average resident of Sukhum is freer, more knowledgeable, educated and polite than the average of citizens of any city of the same number of inhabitants, and often more. In big countries, the capital, as a rule, is very different from the rest of the country - the modern city-megalopolises much more resemble each other than their own country. Sukhum, remains the center of Abkhazia, keeping the organic tie with its provinces.
In many respects, the preservation of Sukhum’s spirit and atmosphere is related to the low-rise capital - the city is not hanging over the sea, and harmoniously is placed into the landscape. The Sukhum's resident rooted in an urban environment that is commensurate with the person who is aware that something depends on him and does not feel like just a moving molecule, as is in the case with the inhabitants of big cities.
Those who think that a modern city, and especially capitals, necessarily are associated with high-rise buildings, are long out of date. For example, in the seven millionth Swiszerland the capital is Bern with the population of only a little more 130 thousand people - it's almost pre-war Sukhum. The huge Turkey’s capital is not in 20,000,000 of people Istanbul, but in a small Ankara, etc.
Unfortunately, those who do not understand all these subtleties, or spit on them, those who are thinking only of their own advantage, distort Sukhum by constructing skyscrapers. Will we for the benefit of a few people allow to destroy the atmosphere that unites us and grants joy of self- actualization?