Kutaisi is a city in western Georgia with 147000 inhabitants. Located along the banks of the Rioni river, 221km west of Tbilisi, Kutaisi was the capital of Georgia between 978 and 1122. Between 1455 and 1810 it was the capital of the Imeretian kingdom. Since 2011 the Georgian parliament is located in Kutaisi.
The historical core of Kutaisi is centered around the fountain square, with the picturesque Colchis fountain. Besides that there are not too many interesting sights in the centre of Kutaisi. The main attractions of the city are the Bagrati cathedral and the Gelati monastery. The Bagrati cathedral is on a hill across the river and is a former UNESCO world heritage site. This 11th century cathedral was destroyed by the Ottomans in 1692, and completely restaurated until 2013. The 12th century Gelati monastery is in the hills, a few km out of Kutaisi.
How to access Kutaisi: Kutaisi has an international airport with flights to Tbilisi, Mestia, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and several European cities (via the budget airline Wizz air). Kutaisi is connected by train and bus to Tbilisi.
01 Dome 02 Bagrati cathedral and bell tower 03 Bagrati cathedral southern side 04 Bagrati cathedral southern side 05 Bagrati cathedral at night
06 Bagrati cathedral at night 07 Gate 08 Bagrati cathedral and bell tower 09 Bagrati cathedral
10 Bagrati cathedral 11 Bagrati cathedral interior 12 Bagrati cathedral interior 13 Chair on carpet 14 Bagrati cathedral interior
15 Bagrati cathedral interior 01 Road with parking 02 Road to Gelati monastery 03 St Nicholas church 04 St Nicholas church
05 Clock tower 06 Clock tower 07 Green roof 08 Gelati cathedral interior 09 Windows and murals
10 Frescos 11 Sacristy 12 Windows and murals 13 Gelati cathedral interior 14 Frescos
15 Fresco of Christ Pantocrator 16 Gelati cathedral interior 17 Frescos 18 Windows and murals 19 Cathedral interior with frescos
20 Gelati cathedral interior 21 Frescos 22 Gelati monastery 23 St Nicholas church and belfry
24 Gate 25 Iron door 26 Iron door inscriptions 27 Trees 28 Belfry
01 Fountain square in the evening 02 Colchis fountain horses 03 Colchis fountain horses
04 Kutaisi skyline 05 TBC bank 06 Colchis fountain at night
07 Meskhishvili theatre at night 08 Fountain square 09 Colchis fountain
10 Colchis fountain 11 Colchis fountain 12 Kutaisi park 13 Open air clothes market 14 Bread seller
15 Kutaisi airport 16 Kutaisi airport 17 Kutaisi airport
18 Tourists walking to the plane 19 Airplane Kutaisi-Mestia 20 Opera theater 21 Shops in Shota Rustaveli avenue 22 Old woman selling vegetables
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