Sukhumi, or Sokhumi, city, capital of Abkhazia, Georgia. It lies on the site of the ancient Greek colony of Dioscurias on the Black Sea coast. Pop. (1991 est.) 120,000.
|The Rustaveli Prospekt promenade along the subtropical Black Sea coast, Sukhumi, Georgia|
Sukhumi's seaside location, beaches, and warm climate made it a popular Black Sea resort, with many sanatoriums and holiday camps.
Local industries include fruit canning and wine making; there are also foundries and electrical-equipment plants.
The city is the site of Sukhumi Botanical Garden, as well as a teacher-training institute and an institute of subtropical agriculture.
Sukhumi was heavily damaged in 1993 during fighting between Abkhazian separatists and Georgian military forces holding the city.