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Tourist Program: Gelati Monastery-The Bagrati Cathedral-Cave Sataplia


Transportation: by minibus (depends on tourist member)

Distance From Tbilisi To Kutaisi:221 km



Kutaisi was the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Colchis. Archeological evidence indicates that the city functioned as the capital of the kingdom. ofColchis as early as the second millennium BC. Kutaisi was the capital of the united Kingdom of Georgia. and from the 15th century until 1810, it was the capital of the Imeretian KingdomKutaisi is one of the oldest cities of the world. Archeologists and historians continue to argue on the age of the city: some sources state that its age is 3500 years, the others – that it is 2800. The first mentions about the city concern the VI-III centuries BC. Kutaisi is mentioned in the antique works as the wonderful city of Colchis, where Medea lived, being stolen by Greek hero Jason together with “Golden Fleece.

 Gelati Monastery

THE GELATI MONASTERY XXII-XIV cc., was for a long time one of the main cultural and intellectual centers in Georgia. It had an Academy which employed some of the most celebrated Georgian scientists, theologians and philosophers. The monastery was founded by King Davit Agmashenebeli (David the Builder) in 1106. Gelati Monastery was also the burial vault of Georgian Kings – the Bagrations. Since XVI century Gelati has been an Episcopal Cathedral.




 the Bagrati Cathedra, is frequently used as the symbol of the city of Kutaisi in the Imereti Region of Georgia. It was built during the reign of King Bagrat III (hence the name) in the 11th century The Bagrati Cathedral sits on a hill just aboveKutaisiand offers a magnificent view of the city.



 Cave Sataplia

The Sataplia cave lies 6 km north- west of Kutaisi within the Sataplia State preserve (which occupies an area of 500 hectares). The 300 m long, 10 m high and 12 m wide cave abounds in stalactites and stalagmites. The air and water temperatures in the cave are nearly equal (12-130C). There is a speleological museum near it now. The Sataplia cave was discovered by the Kutaisi environmentalist P.Chabukiani. He detected there the settlement of the primitive man, together with the footprints of a dinosaur. At the moment there are 200 footprints known, found in two different layer of the Cretaceous limestones. The 30 cm long footprints of the lower layer belong to an unknown predator, the 48 cm long footprints. 



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