Imereti


Imereti is a region in Georgia situated along the middle and upper reaches of the Rioni River.

The capital of the western region of Imereti is Kutaisi; (ancient names: Aea/Aia, Kotais). It is Georgia's second largest city, and is located along both banks of the Rioni River. 

Places to see:

UNESCO CULTURAL HERITAGE

Bagrati Cathedral

The Cathedral of the Dormition, or the Kutaisi Cathedral, more commonly known as Bagrati Cathedral is the 11th-century cathedral church in the city of Kutaisi. The cathedral, rebuilt officially on September 16th, 2012 after heavy damage ages ago, served as a masterpiece in the history of modern and medieval Georgian architecture.

Motsameta Monastery Complex

 

The Motsameta Monastery complex, is situated in the Imereti region, in the river of Tskaltsitela gorge. It was founded in 11th century, by king Bagrat IV.

Complex is famous with its extraordinary nature and includes church, two castles, the fence, the priest house.

According to the legend the monastery was constructed on the place where Muslim aggressors executed David and Konstantin Mkheidze, Georgian princes, who refused to accept Islam. They have sacrificed their lives to Georgia in the battle against Arabians. In respect of the devoted brothers Georgians built burial-vault for the saint parts of their bodies. History of the brothers is transferred to young generation and is a perfect example of how a nation sacrificed their lives for their faith

 

Gelati

 

Gelati is a monastic complex near Kutaisi, Imereti, western Georgia. It contains the Church of the Virgin founded by the King of Georgia David the Builder in 1106 year.

The Gelati Monastery for a long time was 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, many of whom had previously been active at various orthodox monasteries abroad or at the Mangan Academy in Constantinople. Among the scientists were such celebrated scholars as Ioane Petritsi and Arsen Ikaltoeli.

In Gelati is buried one of the greatest Georgian kings, David the Builder. Near his grave are the gates of Ganja, which were taken as trophies by king Demetrius I in 1138.

In 1994, Gelati Monastery was recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The site was included in the 2008 World Monuments Watch List of 100 Most Endangered Sites by the World Monuments Fund to draw attention to deterioration caused by prolonged neglect.

 

Prometheus Cave

 

In 1983 the members of Speleology expedition from Vakhushti Bagrationi State Geographical Institute discovered a new cave. Prometheus” cave is one of the richest caves of Europe. Golden Fleece cave meets all needs of international tourism level.  Also tourist will sail by boats in underground lake (280m) The total length of these caves is 15 555 m. There exists absolutely every kind of form underground karsts, such as: slatactites, stalagmites, curtains, petrified waterfalls, underground rivers and lakes and etc.

 In Prometheus Cave four layers were formed during the different stages of earth development and tourists will be able to walk through this historic territory by path or by boats. Visiting Prometheus cave is Speleological therapy for asthmatics people.