About Sights – Kutaisi Botanical Garden in Autumn

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The Kutaisi Botanical Garden (Georgian: ქუთაისის ბოტანიკური ბაღი) in the city of Kutaisi (Georgian: ქუთაისი) in Georgia’s Imereti region was established in the mid-19th century and contains about 700 plant species of trees and shrubs. After the National Botanical Garden of Georgia in Tbilisi the Kutaisi Botanical Garden is the second of the earliest botanic … Continue reading

About Sights – Kutaisi State Historical Museum

A display of weapons at the Kutaisi State Historical Museum

Housed in the former National Bank of Georgia (built in 1894-96), the Niko Berdzenishvili Kutaisi State Historical Museum (Georgian: ქუთაისის სახელმწიფო ისტორიული მუზეუმი) is considered to be one of Georgia’s most important scientific-research institutions. The museum contains more than 160,000 items and has an extensive research library and laboratory. Permanent exhibitions are displayed on two floors and … Continue reading

About History – Conservation of the Gelati Frescos

Frescos at the Church of the Virgin at Gelati

Gelati (Georgian: გელათის მონასტერი) is a monastic complex near the city of Kutaisi in the Imereti region of western Georgia. The Monastery is among the most important cultural landmarks of Georgia and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The complex contains the Church of the Virgin founded by David the Builder (Georgian: დავით აღმაშენებელი) in … Continue reading

About Celebrations – Restoration of Bagrati Church

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The restoration of Bagrati Church (Georgian: ბაგრატი; ბაგრატის ტაძარი) in the city of Kutaisi was completed in August this year. Named after Bagrat III, the first king of a unified Georgia, this early 11th century church is seen as a symbol of the unity of the Georgian state. Devastated by an explosion during an invasion of the Kingdom of Imereti by … Continue reading

About Celebrations – Bagrati Church Receives New Cross

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August 17 was declared a one-off public holiday in Georgia’s second-largest city, Kutaisi. The cause for celebration was the placing of a 2.14 meter bronze cross on top of the recently restored dome of Bagrati Church (Georgian: ბაგრატი; ბაგრატის ტაძარი) in the city of Kutaisi, in the region of Imereti. President Saakashvili, Archbishop Kalistrate of the Georgian Orthodox Church … Continue reading

About Sights – Sataplia Cave

Inside the Sataplia Cave

The Sataplia Nature Reserve is located in Tskaltubo district, about 260 km. from Tbilisi. Established in 1935 to protect the Sataplia Cave and dinosaur footprints found in the area, this visitor attraction recently benefited from a very attractive refurbishment of its Sataplia Cave visitor center. Sataplia Cave is named after Sataplia Mountain, which gained its name … Continue reading

About Government – New Parliament Building in Kutaisi

Georgia's New Parliament Building in Kutaisi

Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili inaugurated the country’s new parliament building in Georgia’s second city, Kutaisi (Georgian: ქუთაისი) on 26 May 2012. “This new building of our parliament is a symbol of the new Georgia,” said President Mikheil Saakashvili at the official opening of the ultra-modern new legislature. Moving the parliament here is part of the Georgian … Continue reading