Georgia: Soaking Up the Dying Tradition of Massage in the Tbilisi Baths

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The statue of King Vakhtang Gorgasali overlooks the bath district (l). Masseur Emzar Gassimov works at the bathhouse Sulfur.

It might not be Tbilisi’s oldest legitimate profession, but, arguably, it is its most idiosyncratic. And there are signs it may be dying out, for few people are interested in becoming masseurs in Abanotubani, Tbilisi’s legendary bathhouse district.

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Paul Rimple is a freelance reporter based in Tbilisi. Justyna Mielnikiewicz is a freelance photojournalist also based in Tbilisi.

Georgia: Soaking Up the Dying Tradition of Massage in the Tbilisi Baths

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