Thursday, October 18, 2012

"Chacha Tower" with spirit fountain opened in Batumi

18.10.2012 (Hvino News) So-called "Chacha Tower" with a unique spirit fountain was opened today in Batumi, Georgia's Black Sea resort town. Batumi's Mayor Jemal Ananidze and Prime Minister Levan Varshalomidze were present at the ceremony. (Read also: Chacha fountain to be launched in Batumi before September).

Chacha is a strong Georgian spirit, sometimes described as grape brandy or grappa.

The tower is surrounded by 4 fountain pools, near which the dispensers with sensor taps are installed. Every day at 7 PM during 10 minutes the chacha will flow from them.

In March 2012, when the plans of  Chacha Tower became known, chairman of the City Council of Batumi Giorgi Kirtadze said: "It will be a tower fountain, where instead of water the Georgian chacha will flow, and everyone - our citizens, foreign visitors and tourists - will have the opportunity to taste it." Mr. Kirtadze then noted that chacha will flow once a week for 15 minutes. Today at the opening ceremony the public was offered to drink chacha not from the fountain, but from dispensers.

Construction of 25-meter Chacha Tower costed around 800,000 Georgian Lari (around 500,000 USD) to Batumi City Hall, which financed the project. Tower was constructed in traditional style. In addition to the fountain it will host a tourism information center, outdoor pools (with no liquor though) and other facilities.

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