Kutaisi (ქუთაისი) is one of the oldest cities in Georgia and the former capital. Now Kutaisi is the capital of Imereti and, mainly thanks to its international airport, the second most important city in the country. Tbilisi is located at a distance of 230 kilometers. With just under 150,000 inhabitants, it is the third most densely populated city. Kutaisi is located in the center of the country and is a great base for both mountain lovers who want to discover Svaneti and for sun seekers who want to bathe in the Black Sea.
Kutaisi itself is not the most challenging city for the average city tripper. On the other hand, there is more than enough to see and do in the surroundings
In the city
- The Bagrati Cathedral (also called Kutaisi Cathedral) towers characteristically above the rest of the city. The cathedral was built in the 11th century and is considered to be the largest medieval building in the country. It’s massive
- Gelati Monastery: Not so long ago, this monastery was designated a Unesco World Heritage Site. It is one of the country’s first intellectual and cultural centers.
- Colchis Fountain: Colchis was the name for the region where, according to Greek myths, Medea was born, and where later Jason and the Argonauts came to rob the Golden Fleece. The fountain was built in 2012.
- In Georgia, they seem to love futuristic parliament buildings. Kutaisi also has a nice one
Outside of the city
- Prometheus cave: visitors can admire the cave discovered in 1984 on foot or by boat. Stalactites and stalagmites, underground lakes and petrified waterfalls, Prometheus has it all.
Chiatura: a mining town forgotten by time. An extensive network of funiculars (beware, dating back to Soviet times long ago) connects every corner of the city.
- Katskhi Pillar: on a limestone rock of about 40 m high stands a small church. In that church lives, according to the latest rumors, the hermit Maxime Qavtaradze.