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Bagrati Cathedral

Bagrati Cathedral named after Bagrat III, first king of united Georgia, is one of the most significant monuments of ancient Georgian architecture. Its formal title is the Cathedral of the Dormition of the Ghvtismshobeli. It was built during the reign of King Bagrat III (975-1014) upon the top of Ukimerioni Hill. An inscription on the north wall reveals that the floor was laid in "chronicon 223" (1003 year). The temple with its architectural and artistic merit has a special place in the history of Georgian architecture. It stood unharmed until the end of the 17th century. According to Vakhushti Bagrationi, a Georgian Royal Prince, famous geographer, historian and cartographer from the 18th century, in 1692 the cathedral was devastated by Ottoman troops in an explosion. South gate, west gate and a three-storied tower in the north-west remained until the 30-ies of the 19th century, what is also confirmed by the sketches of an artist N. Chernetsov.

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Walk The Streets Of Kutaisi

Exploring Kutaisi on foot is the best way to get to know this 3000 year old city. To feel the vibe of the place walk around the old district Mtsvane Kvavila, enjoy the view of Kutaisi from the Bagrati Cathedral, visit the Jewish district and its old Synagogue, take a picture on the White Bridge with a kid holding two hats, talk to the local vendors at local bazzars and when tired sit on a bench in the city park and watch the world go by.

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Local Bazaars

There are places where you can get the real vibe of the city. On the bazaar in the city centre you can find fresh fruit, vegetables and meat as well as regional delicacies like: local cheese, traditional Gerogian sweets called “churchkhela” and homemade wine. While strolling between the stalls you have a chance to taste delicious food offered by welcoming and chatty vendors. The second bazaar on Chavchavadze Street offers wide range of products from food and clothes to household goods. They are definitely must-visit places in the city.

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The Boulevard

The Boulevard – that’s how locals call the central park in Kutaisi, located next to the fountain with Colchis animals. At the beginning of 19th century there was an orchard in this place, which belonged to Princess Darejan, daughter of King of Imereti Solomon I. In 1820 Darejan handed it over to the city council and since then the place became very popular among Kutaisi citizens. The construction of the urban park began in 1840. It was designed in a square shape, surrounded by a red fence, with tree alleys forming a shape of a cross. There was a pond in the middle of the park. Side alleys were used during artistic and cultural events, there was a café in the brick building in the corner and walking path around the park. The boulevard wasn’t only a place for fun and entertainment it soon started to be an important social gathering spot.

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Tourist Routes

Do you want to see Imereti, but you do not know where to start from? We prepared for you trails around the region, which will lead you to interesting natural sites, historical monuments and cultural attractions. Following those paths you will visit true Imeretian “pearls” – thousand- year- old monasteries, historical buildings, amazing wonders of nature, including mountains, canyons, caves, waterfalls, rivers, lakes and you will come across many other attractions. You will also have an occasion to taste delicious Georgian food and wine. Have a look at our suggestions and go explore Imereti!

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