The photos were taken by Comdig Urban Exploration Group. They are photographers and explorers based in Russia. The Comdig has been documenting urban decay, industrial abandonments, and rural decomposition since 2010.
Abkhazia today has preserved many objects of the Soviet heritage. The Socialist Soviet Republic of Abkhazia was a luxurious resort with developed transport links. During the Georgian Civil War 1991 — 1993, the Sukhumi Babushara Airport airport in Abkhazia was heavily damaged and eventually abandoned. Today Abkhazia is very popular among industrial tourists and lovers of Soviet architecture.
How To Reach Vehicles Graveyard in Gagra, Abkhazia
With Public Transportation
- by train
There is a direct train from Moscow to Sukhumi that passes Gagra, which runs at least 2 times a week and more often during summer. Passport and customs procedures, when crossing the border, are carried out right on the train – passengers do not leave their cars, but must be in place at this time. Passport and customs control usually takes about 40 minutes.
- by bus
Alternatively, get any train to Sochi/Adler and then take a public bus to Gagra. Every day, starting from 6 AM, buses No. 125, 173 and 75k run from Adler airport (Sochi) to the checkpoint on the border with Abazia, and from the railway station – 125P and minibus No. 117.
- by taxi or transfer
For travelers with children, as well as for those who travel to Abkhazia with large luggage, or for those who like comfortable movement, the best option for transportation is a taxi. The cost of a taxi ride depends on the class of the car. In an economy class car for 4 passengers, the trip will cost 3500 rubles, in a minivan – 3900 rubles
In the Abkhazian city of Gagra, urban explorers noticed a car graveyard. Several cars and tractors from the Soviet Union stand in the field next to the crossed-out “Gagra” sign.
Metal in Abkhazia is not handed over, therefore there are a lot of such car graveyards in the country. Apparently, these buses used to belong to a boarding house or a sanatorium, but now the engines were taken out of them, spare parts were stolen. The bodies of cars were left to rot on the lawn near the sea.
The cars and buses will rust in that place for a long time. The soft climate of Abkhazia is rather good for metal parts.
Several abandoned Soviet Volga cars stand next to the rotten sheds.
During several weeks spent in Abkhazia, urban explorers didn’t see a single car service on the streets. Cars and trucks were repaired in yards and in private garages.
Most likely locals tried to make something with an open roof for tourists out of the old KaVZ truck. But it didn’t work out. So the truck rots here.
There were mountains of garbage lying around the equipment. Apparently, the locals didn’t care about tourists. The paths and roads to the sea were dirty. What kind of a tourist will want to settle on that street?