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A hidden gem - Tblisi's Academy of Art

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(Photo: Tony Cross)

Described by one French guidebook as possessing the Georgian capital's "most stunning interior", Tblisi's Academy of Art is not open to the public. I was shown around by the academy's Natia Ebanoidze and photographed its hidden treasures - from the breathtaking room of mirrors to a vase portraying the life of Stalin, which was presented to the Soviet dictator on his birthday.