A glass diamond-shaped restaurant is now suspended nearly 900 feet above a valley in Georgia – see photos

A 240-meter glass bridge over the Tsalka Valley, with a diamond-shaped café in the middle outside the town of Tsalka

VANO SHLAMOV / AFP via Getty Images People attend the opening ceremony of a 240-meter glass bridge over the Tsalka Valley, with a diamond-shaped café in the middle outside the city of Tsalka, about 100 kilometers from Tbilisi, on June 14, 2022.

There is now a diamond in the sky in the country of Georgia – in the form of a glass rod suspended from a bridge that dangles 900 feet above Dashbashi Canyon (also known as Tsalka Canyon). It is located about a two-hour drive west of the capital, Tbilisi.

The stunning attraction opened last week and features a 787-foot diamond bridge, as it has been named according to the Georgian and Israeli investment firm Cass Group, which backed the project. The group calls the extension “the jewel in the crown” with a “first-of-its-kind hanging bar” in the middle, which it says “will constitute a unique attraction for international tourists as well as locals”.

The glass strip, which has several levels, is located at the highest point of the bridge and will be submitted to the Guinness Book of Records in the hope of being certified as a restaurant suspended at the highest point of the bridge, Ekaterin Turdia of Kass said, according to an English-language Georgian news site. , agenda.

A view of the glass bridge, which was built on Dashbashi Canyon to provide jobs for local residents and develop tourism services around the canyon in Tsalka, Georgia on June 15, 2022.

A view of the glass bridge, which was built on Dashbashi Canyon to provide jobs for local residents and develop tourism services around the canyon in Tsalka, Georgia on June 15, 2022.

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Georgia’s Prime Minister, Irakli Garibashvili, attended the opening ceremony on June 14 and said, “This unique place is a clear example of the confluence of the protection of our heritage and the development of modern world-class infrastructure,” according to a local media report.

The bridge also has a zip line for guests to bike across, as well as a cliff swing, according to CNN, while the Kass Group also says there will be laser light displays visible from the visitor center and restaurant.

The translucent structure will allow new views of Dashbashi Canyon (also known as Dashbash and Tsalka), where the Ktsia (Khrami) River runs through volcanic rocks, gorgeous waterfalls, and the region’s diverse wildlife. “The vegetation of the surrounding ecosystem is somewhat sparse, while the vegetation on the steep slopes of the valley and stunning waterfalls create very different micro-landscapes, with distinct fauna that are specific to the micro-climate,” according to the Georgia Protected Areas Agency.

The park also has a trail about a mile long from the visitor center through the valley to a waterfall that usually takes about an hour to hike, the agency said.

There are no accommodations in the surroundings, but Dashbash village in Tsalka, a 10-minute drive away. The Cass Group also said there are plans to build an “exclusive resort with 100 premium units,” along with other amenities such as swimming pools and camping areas.

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