Updated: Nov 21, 2018
Kutaisi is one of the oldest cities of Europe with stunning views and historic buildings under UNESCO protection.
According to Classical Greek mythology, Colchis was the home of Aeëtes, Medea, the Golden Fleece, fire-breathing bulls Khalkotauroi and the destination of the Argonauts.
The capital city of the Colchis Kingdom was Kutaisi (Aia).
Nowadays it is a beautiful city with fascinating history, architecture, temples and richest archaeological museums, historic churches, historic buildings and many more.
Old town Kutaisi
Bagrati Cathedral was built in the early years of the 11th century, during the reign of King Bagrat III, due to which it was called "Bagrati", i.e., Bagrat’s cathedral.
Gelati Monastery was founded 1106 by King David IV of Georgia and is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Historically, Gelati was one of the main cultural and intellectual centers in Georgia. It had an Academy that employed some of the most celebrated Georgian scientists, theologians and philosophers, many of whom had previously been active at various orthodox monasteries abroad, such as the Mangana Monastery in Constantinople. Among the religious authors were celebrated scholars as Ioane Petritsi and Arsen Ikaltoeli. Due to the extensive work carried out by the Gelati Academy, people of the time called it "a new Hellas" and "a second Athos".
In the 11th century, King Bagrat III built a monastery on the foundations of the destroyed eighth-century church in honor of the two brothers, now national heroes and saints in the Georgian Orthodox Church. Their tomb rests on two carved lions at the top of a side altar in the church. The lions are connected with the legend of David and Constantine Mkheidze, for it is believed that they appeared to bring the bodies of the brothers up from the river to the church. Believers also hold that if you walk three times through the small passage beneath the saints' tomb without touching the walls, your prayers will be answered.
Sataplia Cave & Prometheus Cave
Of the total area of 350 ha, 348 ha are covered with forests. Relief of the landscape is mountainous. The reservation features a crater of an extinct volcano, a site of remains of a man of the Stone Age and fossilized traces of dinosaurs. The largest cave of Sataplia was discovered in 1925 and is about 900 m long.
Prometheus Cave is one of the most popular international tourist caves, and includes various types of stalactites, stalagmites, curtains, petrified waterfalls, cave pearls, underground rivers, and lakes. It was discovered in 1984 and is one of Georgia’s natural wonders and one of the largest in the world.
Visitors can enjoy a 280 meter boat tour on the underground lake in the cavern.