This twenty meter aluminum statue, situated next to the Narikala Fortress on Sololaki Hill, is known as Mother Georgia:
Dachi told me that the statue was built by Russia/Soviet Union and that he thinks she looks like a strong, hard-working Russian woman. What is Georgian about her, he said, is that she represents the Georgian character of holding in one hand – wine – to welcome her friends, her guests. In the other hand she holds a sword to protect herself from enemies.
With Georgia’s independence, locals wanted the statue taken down because of its affiliation with Russia. But it has become such an icon, a tourist attraction that it will not be taken down.
If you look closely, you’ll see repaired bullet holes where she’s been shot at by those who don’t like Russia….