Georgian National Youth Palace (Georgian: საქართველოს მოსწავლე ახალგაზრდობის ეროვნული სასახლე), originally the Viceregent Palace, is a historical building located on Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi, Georgia. It has previously served as the residence of the Imperial Viceroy of the Caucasus.
|Georgian National Youth Palace|
საქართველოს მოსწავლე ახალგაზრდობის ეროვნული სასახლე
|Former names||Viceroy’s palace; Pioners’ palace|
|Address||6, Rustaveli Ave.|
|Town or city||Tbilisi|
|Current tenants||Georgian national youth palace|
|Renovated||First renovation – 1847|
Second renovation - 1869 (current façade)
3rd renovation – 1941
|Renovation cost||3rd renovation - Up to 15 million rubles|
|Architect||First renovation – Nikolay Semionov|
Second renovation (current façade)- Otto Jakob Simonson
3rd renovation – Archil Kurdiani
The origin of the building traces its roots to the annexation of Georgia in 1801 by the Russian Empire. The palace was constructed in place of an earlier structure built for the Imperial High-Commissioner Pavel Tsitsianov, himself of Georgian origin, who was assigned to govern the newly-annexed lands. The current edifice was built in the mid-19th century and has since been expanded, rebuilt and remodeled several times to accommodate the needs of later Viceroys, who were of increasingly high rank and stature, such as the Emperor's own son.
In 1918, in the midst of the dissolution of the Russian Empire, the building housed the local government, the Transcaucasian Seim. On 26 May, of 1918, while the government was meeting, the Georgian representatives left the palace and, in the White Hall adjacent to the building, declared the creation of the First Georgian Republic.
On May 2, 1941 the Palace officially opened its doors for children. Today, there are 13 cabinets, 6 studios and 1 workshop in the Palace. In total about 550 hobby groups operate in which about 7 000 pupils are enrolled.
- Georgian National Youth Palace, საქართველოს მოსწავლე ახალგაზრდობის ეროვნული სასახლის ისტორია, Retrieved: 29 January 2016