Sarpi – on the Georgian-Turkish border

Travelling south from Batumi along the Black Sea coast you reach the village of Sarpi with its nice beach, not far from the border-crossing. The distance from Batumi is approximately 18 kilometers. In Soviet times the border was under strict security measures, but today traffic in both directions is lively.

This year 2021 marks 100 years since the signing of the Kars Treaty between Soviet Russia and Turkey regarding the Adjara region. The agreement recognized Batumi to be under Soviet rule and the cities of Kars, Artvin, and Ardahan under Turkish. The village of Sarpi found it self on the border and became divided between the two countries.

The population on both sides of the border is traditionally Laz, speaking Laz (also called Chan), a language related to Georgian.

Read more on Sarpi and its Laz population

A village divided by the Kars Treaty (read)
The Laz people in two countries and the language that disappears (read)

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