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The boulevard is one of the most remarkable sites in Batumi. Situated in the historic part of the city, it stretches along the sea coast.
Earlier named after Nicholas II, the boulevard was built by a French nobleman, gardener and decorator Michael d’Alfons to the designs of Austrian gardeners Ressler and Reiner in 1885. With its beauty and variety of plants it was one of the best parks in the whole Russian Empire.
During 1913-1933 the City Park and the boulevard plants were nearly completely renewed by a landscape architect I. Gordeziani, although their main assortment and planning were left untouched. Plants coniferous, evergreen, deciduous and decorative trees, bushes and flowers.
Visitors to the boulevard may enjoy going to summer theatre and different attractions. The area has many bungalows, cafés and bars.
Those interested in active recreation, may visit a chess house, playgrounds, tennis courts, cycle tracks and wide walking roads decorated with dancing fountains and statues created by Georgian and foreign artists (D. Bolkvadze, G. Tsuladze, Jean Dupuy, Ben Votie), including a bronze statue of Michael d’Alfons.
A colonnade in Classicist style (architects P. Nadareishvili, B. Kirakosian) built in the central part of the boulevard in 1934 has become a symbol of the city.
In recent years the boulevard was extended so that now it occupies not only the old part of the city but new areas, including Lake Ardagan. At present it is 7km long.