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Tour to Kutaisi

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Duration: 10 hours
Walking: medium

 

Arrive to Kutaisi and take a tour to Gelati complex (UNESCO heritage site) that comprises the churches of the Virgin (the main church), of St Nicolas, of St. George, as well as the academy which was the centre of cultural and spiritual life. The Gelaty monastery complex was founded by King David the Builder in the 12th c. It is noted by the finest examples of Georgian mural painting. Among them is the only surviving portrait of King David the Builder whose grave can be found at the gateway of the monastery. The giant 12th century mosaic of the Virgin with Child is completely unique. Continue to local restaurant for lunch.

After lunch take a walk to Bagrati Cathedral (10 minutes walking uphill). Bagrati Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin was built by King Bagrat III in Kutaisi, in 1003 AD. It is a marvellous example of the domed-church architecture from the high Medieval period, noted with impressive examples of stone carving. Partially ruined cathedral is situated on the top of the hill called Ukimerioni and commands a splendid view of Georgia's second city, Kutaisi. This was an ancient citadel, a royal palace and one of the most important castles from 6th to 17th c. Reboard your coach and drive back to Batumi port.

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