Abkhazia: Gegsky waterfall

Abkhazia is de faccto independent, partly recognized country – former part of Georgia. It is squeezed between Caucasus mountains and the Black sea. Gegsky waterfall in Abkhazia, pictured on this postcard, is the largest waterfall in the country.


Because of the partial recognition, mail to and from Abkhazia travels through Russian postal system, and must use Russian stamps. There were some Abkhaz stamps issued before, but when this card was sent from Sukhum – the capital city – there were no local stamps available. So, the only thing I got is the local postmark on the back:

The text on the postmark says, in Abkhazian and Russian languages: “Abkhaz Republic”, and “Sukhum Post Office”.