Ceremonial Palace of Georgia
|სახელმწიფო ცერემონიების სასახლე|
|Formed||April 9, 1991|
|Headquarters||1 M. Abdushelishvili Street, Tbilisi, Georgia 0103|
The Ceremonial Palace of Georgia (Georgian: სახელმწიფო ცერემონიების სასახლე) (formerly - Presidential Administration of Georgia, Georgian: საქართველოს პრეზიდენტის ადმინისტრაცია, sakartvelos prezidentis administratsia) and Avlabari Presidential Residence, is the executive body of administration of President of Georgia. Housed in a refurbished building of the former Imperial gendarmerie, the Presidential administration is located on the left bank of the Kura River, in the Avlabari district of Tbilisi, Georgia.
The construction of the administration building commenced in 2004 on the basis of a 19th-century neoclassical edifice, which formerly housed the Imperial gendarmerie; the work was finalized in 2009. The final version was designed by an Italian architect Michele De Lucchi who had also designed the headquarters of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, The Bridge of Peace in Tbilisi and Medea hotel in Batumi. Façade of the Presidential Office appears in mosaic authored by Georgian designer Natalia Amirejibi de Pita with an aphorism from the medieval Georgian poem The Knight in the Panther's Skin: "Good hath overcome ill; the essence of is lasting".The largest element of the project are two shimmering "water mirrors"-28 long and 1,6 m high (89,6m2) mosaics in front of the complex main building called"Our background and our identity"encapsulating the entirety of Georgia's complicated and colourful history accomplished by Natalia Amirejibi de Pita.
The dome of the building, constructed out of three-dimensional bent glass in Germany, was designed by a Georgian architect Vakhtang Zesashvili and Italian Architect Franc Zagari. In front of the administration building, facing the main entrance stands a rotating monument in three colors, designed by Ambassador of Georgia to Germany and granddaughter of last Emperor of Austria Charles I of Austria, Gabriela von Habsburg, representing three branches of government - legislative, executive and judicial.
The main Office of the President is made up of administration headed by David Tkeshelashvili, two of his deputies Irma Nadirashvili and Sulkhan Sibashvili, Press Spokesperson, seven advisors to the President on various issues, four advisors on foreign political, judicial, economic, and energy and transport coordination affairs. The other eleven departments of the administration are Secretariat of the President, Secretariat of the Head of Administration, Office of the Parliamentary Secretary, Office of Legal Issues, Press Office, Office of Citizenship, State Awards and Protection, Organizational and Human Resources Office, Financial-Economic Office, Office of the Cultural Events, Public Relations Office and Office of Protocol and Foreign Affairs.
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