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The Mtkvari river flows through central Tbilisi dividing the cobblestone Old Town from a collection of modern post-Soviet buildings. For a small fee, you can take a cable car to the top of a hill overlooking the entire city.

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The uniquely shaped pedestrian Bridge of Peace over the Mtkvari River. Locals joke that it looks like a giant feminine pad, which isn't entirely untrue.

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The art installations in central Tbilisi often seem straight out of Alice in Wonderland.

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Ornate balconies and elaborate stories, typical of traditional Georgian architecture.

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Light filters through a window in a church under construction in the Tbilisi old town.

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Soviet-era block apartments in Rustavi, Georgia, an industrial center about 30 km southwest of Tbilisi.

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One of countless vast crumbling factories at the Rustavi Metallurgical Plant, founded by Stalin in the 1940s.

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Factory dogs have free run of the Rustavi Metallurgical Plant, which still runs at partial capacity.

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Shafts of light filter through holes in the ceiling in this abandoned Georgian factory.

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Molten steel flows through a canal on its way to being formed into seamless pipes.

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A giant vat of liquid steel slowly empties in a cloud of sparks at the Rustavi steel plant.

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Assorted wrench collection at Stalin's semi-abanonded Rustavi steel plant.

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Feeling a bit nervous about proximity to molten steel.