Discover Kutaisi
09 August, 2018
Discover Kutaisi
Kutaisi is one of the most interesting and beautiful cities in Georgia. It was the capital of Georgia in the middle ages. Today, Kutaisi serves as the legislative capital of the country. Kutaisi has plenty of places of interest to offer its visitors:

1. Bagrati Cathedral – it was constructed in the 11th century during the reign of Bagrat III after whom the Cathedral is named. The cathedral was damaged by Ottoman troops in the 17th century. In 2012, the masterpiece
of medieval architecture was restored. It is now little used for religious services, but attracts many pilgrims and tourists. The cathedral provides a perfect viewing platform over Kutaisi.
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Bagrati Cathedral, Photo courtesy: www.amerikiskhma.com

2. Another medieval religious complex in Kutaisi is the Gelati Monastery. Constructed in the 12th century, the monastery is a masterpiece of the golden age. It has an abundance of murals and icons. UNESCO has recognized the Gelati Monastery as a World Heritage Site. It has been a major religious and intellectual centre for scientist, philosophers and theologians. The monastery was built during the Byzantine Empire, and reflects the Byzantine style of architecture.
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Gelati Monastery, Photo courtesy: www.metronome.ge

3. Near the city of Kutaisi, visitors can explore the Prometheus and Sataplia caves. The caves preserve stalactites, stalagmites, underground rivers and lakes. The underground sights can be seen via a boat trip. Outside the caves, there is a Jurassic park, footprints of a dinosaur and replicas of the animal.
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Sataplia, Photo courtesy: www.effecttour.ge

4. The Georgian Parliament Building – The former parliament building was on Rustaveli Avenue, in Tbilisi. In 2012, the government moved to the parliament building in Kutaisi. The former president, Mikheil Saakashvili intended to decentralize power from Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia to Kutaisi and to promote the city and boost its economy. The building is covered with glass as a symbol of openness and transparency.
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The Georgian Parliament Building, Photo courtesy: www.intermedia.ge

5. Motsameta Monastery – in English it means the place of Martyrs. It is located near Kutaisi, It is a commemoration of two brothers Konstantine and David. The brothers sacrificed their lives for Georgia against the Arabs in the 8th century. They were asked to give up their orthodox religion and because they refused the brothers were killed.
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Motsameta Monastery, Photo courtesy: www.ipress.ge

First photo courtesy: www.imedinews.ge

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