Georgian: გალი; Abkhazian: Гал
Gali (Georgia)
Coordinates: 42°38′N 41°44′E / 42.633°N 41.733°E / 42.633; 41.733Coordinates: 42°38′N 41°44′E / 42.633°N 41.733°E / 42.633; 41.733

Gali (Georgian: გალი [gɑli] (About this soundlisten); Abkhazian: Гал, Gal) is a town in Abkhazia, Georgia[1] 77 km southeast to Sukhumi. It is the centre of Gali District and was in the United Nations security zone prior to the Russian veto of the UNOMIG Mission in 2009. As of 2011 the town has a population of 7 605 inhabitants.[2]

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image icon Bird's eye view of Gali [3]


Gali was granted town status in 1932.[4]

On 15 April 1953, the newspaper Izvestia reported that the residents of Gali were celebrating the 132nd birthday of its oldest resident, Tlabgan Ketsba, and that he had founded the town in the 19th century.[5]

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  1. ^ Abkhazia is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Abkhazia and Georgia. The Republic of Abkhazia unilaterally declared independence on 23 July 1992, but Georgia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory and designates it as a territory occupied by Russia. Abkhazia has received formal recognition as an independent state from 7 out of 193 United Nations member states, 1 of which has subsequently withdrawn its recognition.
  2. ^ Галский Район (2011 г.)
  3. ^ Photos by Patrick Perrier, 26.10.2008
  4. ^ Большой Энциклопедический словарь
  5. ^ "Tlabgan Ketsba: famous Abkhazian long-liver, founder of Gal town (scion of the settlement he founded)". Abkhaz World. 15 July 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2012.