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Bagrati Cathedral

Bagrati church of the Assumption of the Virgin was built by King Bagrat III in Kutaisi, in 1003 AD. It is a marvellous example of domed-church architecture from the high Medieval period, noted with impressive examples of stone carving.
Partially ruined cathedral is situated on the top of the hill called Ukimerioni and commands a splendid view of Georgia's second city, Kutaisi. This was an ancient citadel, a royal palace and one of the most important castles from 6th to 17th c.

 


Gelati Monastery

Gelati complex comprises the churches of the Virgin (the main church), of St Nicolas, of St. George, as well as the academy which was the centre of cultural and spiritual life. The Gelaty monastery complex was founded by King David the Builder in the 12th c. It is noted by the finest examples of Georgian mural painting. Among them is the only surviving portrait of King David the Builder whose grave can be found at the gateway of the monastery. The giant 12th century mosaic of the Virgin with Child is completely unique.

 


Prometheus Cave & Dinosaur Footprints

Kutaisi is Georgia's second largest city located in western region, Imereti. Kutaisi was the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Colchis. You will enjoy learning about turbulent history of the city of Kutaisi, which retained its greatest monuments - Bagrat Temple (11th century) and Gelati Monastery complex, including the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin, the Church of St. George's Church St. Nicholas, the bell tower, academy building, and the southern entrance to the chapel where the tomb of the great Georgian king David the Builder (the Builder). Kutaisi has recently become Parliament Capital of Georgia. “Prometheus” cave is one of the richest caves of Europe. It is characterized by the variety of underground rivers and beautiful landscapes. You will also see preserved dinosaur footprints.
 


Sataplia Caves

Sataplia State Nature Reserve was created in 1935 to protect geological, paleontological, speleological and botanical monuments. Stalactites and stalagmites inside the cave formed fascinating patterns. Artificial lighting provided dramatic effects to these various natural forms and changed to various shades and colours. Sataplia is also famous for the dinosaur footprints nearby.
 



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