A parliament building survived a war, but sits abandoned as a symbol of past turmoil.

This parliament building sits abandoned as a visual scar of Abkhazia, a disputed territory on the eastern coast of the Black Sea, in northwestern Georgia. Hundreds of people were killed in and around the area of the building. In 1993, the parliament building and the surrounding areas were bombed by Azhakian troops, after the Georgian army took over the area. The town of Sukhumi has been repaired except for the parliament building. Despite all the death and destruction, Abkhazia is still not fully independent, but its people still dream of one day becoming an independent state.