Prepare tissues! There’s a sad love story behind Georgia’s 2 moving statues in viral video

Images via Jake Tupman's YouTube video
  • A video of two statues that become one same time every day has been making rounds online since it was posted on a Facebook group
  • What most of the amazed FB users do not know is that there’s actually a sad love story behind the two moving statues
  •  Georgian sculptor Tamara Kvesitadze’s inspiration is the novel Ali and Nino by Kurban Said

A video of two statues that becomes one same time every day has been making rounds online since it was posted on a Facebook (FB) group. What most of the amazed FB users do not know is that there is actually a sad love story behind the two moving statues.

On Facebook, Mayank Sharma posted a video showing two statues became one.

“A statue in Georgia, every 7 p.m. it will became a single statue. Engineering marvel,” he captioned the video.

The video went viral and has since gotten over 33,000 reactions and more than 250,000 shares, as posting.

A statue in Georgia, every evening 7pm it will became a single statue…Engineering Marvel

Posted by Mayank Sharma on Thursday, February 8, 2018

The stage wherein the statues become one, on the other hand, is not the final stage. The statues are actually designed to pass through each other.

The statues begin to move every day at 7 p.m.; kissing for more or less a minute, merging for a short embrace, then leave each other behind. After 10 minutes the movement is complete.

The statue was designed in 2007 but only installed in 2010.

Sad story

Georgian sculptor Tamara Kvesitadze’s inspiration in creating the sculpture is the novel Ali and Nino by Kurban Said.

Ali and Nino reportedly tells the story of a young Muslim man who fell in love with a Christian Georgian princess.

Ali Khan Shirvanshir was a descendant of a noble Muslim family. While his father is still culturally Asian, he was exposed to Western values in school and through his love of Georgian princess Nino Kipiani, who has been brought up in a Christian tradition and belongs more to the European world.

Upon graduating from high school, Ali was determined to marry Nino. At first she hesitated, until Ali promises that he will not make her wear the veil or be part of a harem. Ali’s father, despite his traditional Muslim view of women, supported the marriage but tried to postpone it.

The book takes a dramatic turn when a (Christian) Armenian, Melik Nachararyan, whom Ali thought was a friend, kidnapped Nino. Ali pursued him on horseback, overtook his “lacquered box” car, and stabbed him to death with a dagger. Ali then fled to Daghestan to escape the vengeance of Nachararyan’s family.

After many months, Nino found Ali in a simple hilltown. The two married on the spot and spent a few months in blissful poverty.

As turmoil follows the Russian Revolution, Ali made some tough ideological decisions. When the Ottoman Army moved closer to his native Baku, Ali watched the developments closely. The Bolsheviks recaptured Baku, and Ali and Nino fled to Iran (Persia). In Tehran, Ali is reminded of his Muslim roots, while Nino was fundamentally unhappy in the confinement of the harem.

Upon establishment of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic, Ali and Nino returned and became cultural ambassadors of their new country. Ali is offered a post as ambassador to France – an idea Nino had arranged – but Ali declined, because he fears he will be unhappy in Paris.

When the Red Army descended on Ganja, Azerbaijan, Ali took up arms to defend his country. Nino fled to Georgia with their child.

Ali died in a battle.

Here’s YouTube user Jake Tupman‘s amazing timelapse video of the sculptures:

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