So during an evening of food and drink in a little cafe on a side-street in Tbilisi, a friend of mine mentioned that there was a haunted house just up the road from us, being a paranormal souper I was at once more excited about seeing this place than the evening of fun we had planned ahead. As soon as we'd finished up I was eager to go check this building out, and urged my companions to show me the place, and luckily one of them knew all the details and was happy to give me the following information. I'd like to note that on hearing we were going to check out the house, one of my friends said that she would not go anywhere near the place, and preferred to stay on her own with the car. This building is well known to the folk of Tbilisi.
House of the Devil
So the house can be found at number 6 Ingorokva Street, and legend has it that it was built by an Armenian merchant in the 19th century, a merchant who also happened to be a devil worshipper! The architecture really stands out in the street, and most of all the pretty disturbing bust of a rather angry figure above one of the windows.
The legend continues that there have been two suicides in the house, and after these tragic events the building now lay empty. One of the suicides was supposedly the Armenian merchant's wife, and from what I could gather, one of the two suicides was a hanging in the attic. The rumours go pretty wild from here, it is said that this merchant built a series of other building around the city, that when connected on a map draw a pentagram. It is also said that there are secret doors leading to an underground network of tunnels beneath the city that lead to a satanic chamber of sorts! Georgia is a deeply orthodox Christian country so devil worship is a very frightening concept to many Georgians.
I managed to translate a few Georgian pages about the property, one of them featured an article in which the author did some research in to the building's history to try and distinguish fact from the legends. It turns out the man responsible (at least partly) for the house was the celebrated architect and Polish born, Alexander Simkiewicz who served as the official architect of Tbilisi from 1885-1891 (or was at least based on his popular designs as many private properties were), and it also turns out that this house was commissioned by Armenian merchants. There was a suicide in the attic involving an Armenian girl and it is believed that the devil centered rumours began after this event. I tell you now, that attic would be a miserable place to die in as you will see from the picture below!
I personally looked upon the building in awe and wondered if it would be a cheap purchase (it unfortunately is quite the opposite) considering that it has been left abandoned for so long. What do you guys think about this place?
The attic window (stolen from google image search)
This is what Georgia used to look like, alongside their traditional architecture adorned with fantastic wooden balconies, that is before the Russians invaded and began a cultural cleansing of the city, or rather a mass murder of all the artists, poets, actors, aristocrats and more. If you believe those who die in tragic situations tend to linger around then Tbilisi will have more than its fair share of spooks to look out for. The city was left to rot under soviet occupation and there are many many derelict old 19th century buildings that are crying out for investigation.
I write this after 30 hours without sleep and two flights so please forgive any bizarre typos! For now I am off to bed.
Edited by Lord_tea, 04 October 2015 - 03:46 PM.