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Kutaisi from stone age to Christianity (Imereti Region)

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Kutaisi is a former capital of Georgia. The city is rich with spectacular sightseeing and you will be able to travel to this unique region. You will discover Georgia’s history from the stone age to Christianity. You will visit the biggest cave in Georgia called Prometheus Cave. Next, you can follow the footprints of dinosaurs in Sataplia cave, where you will be introduced the history of dinosaurs in Georgia. In Gelati Academy and monastery complex, you will find yourself at yet another UNESCO World Heritage site. For a long time, Gelati Monastery was one of the main cultural and intellectual centres of Georgia. Next, you will visit the most isolated church on a 40 meters hight pillar called Katskhi Pillar.

What to Expect
  • Travel in a land of dinosaures.
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Discover spectacular Cave in Georgia.
  • Visit most isolated church in the world.
  • You will be introduced Christian culture and monasteries.

1Prometeus cave:

Legendary Prometheus who under Greek mythology stole fire from Gods was chained to Khvamli Mountain which can be seen from Prometheus Cave, one of the most colorful place in Georgia. Here you can observe stalactites, stalagmites, underground river and lakes, nice 1.2km walk in mysterious and cool atmosphere and short boat trip if interested.

2Sataplia cave:

Sataplia is a small cave located in Tskaltubo, Georgia. It is famous for fine speleothems and the dinosaur footprints nearby. The tour enters the through-cave on one hillside, crosses the hill underground and then goes back on the surface past the dinosaur footprints.

3Gelati Monastery: (XII c.)

This Unesco World Heritage–listed monastery complex, on a wooded hillside 8km northeast of Kutaisi, is an outstanding example of Golden Age architecture and one of Georgia’s most important churches. Gelati was a cultural hub of Georgia’s medieval renaissance, and many Georgian rulers were buried here, I ncluding the great 12th-century king, David the Builder.

4Bagrati Cathedral: (XI c.)

The Cathedral of King Bagrat in Kutaisi ranks among the best monuments of Georgian architecture. The constructions began in the last quarter of the 10th century and ended in 1003, during the time of flourishing feudal economy and culture in Georgia. The acropolis rose on a hill above the right bank of the Rioni River. In 1994, the Bagrati Cathedral, together with the Gelati Monastery, was included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list as a single entity.

5Motsameta Monastery: (VIII c.)

Motsameta is a small 11th century monastery near Kutaisi. There is a 500 meters long walking track from the road to monastery. View and nature is really astonishing around. This little monastery has a spectacular setting on a cliff-top promontory above a bend of the Tskhaltsitela River.

6Okace Canyon:

One of the tallest waterfall of Georgia – Kinchkha together with another water abundant waterfall nearby, Okatse Canyon natural monument (just a few km from Kinchkha in Gordi village) with recently built high quality tourist infrastructure – stairs, footpaths offering magnificent views to the canyon and its surroundings make a nice day out in the nature especially in spring when water levels are high and nature is in blossom with flowers all around and smell of yellow azalea and with still snowed Askhi Pleatau.

7Katskhi Pillar: (V-VI c.)

The Katskhi complex is unique. Atop the column is a church built in the 6th to 8th centuries dedicated to Maximus the Confessor, a 7th century monk. There’s also a burial chamber, a wine cellar, a curtain wall and three hermit cells.