Bagrati Cathedral, Kutaisi

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The Cathedral of the Dormition, or the Kutaisi Cathedral, more commonly known as Bagrati Cathedral (ბაგრატი; ბაგრატის ტაძარი, or Bagratis tadzari), is an 11th-century cathedral in the city of Kutaisi, in the Imereti region of Georgia. A masterpiece of the medieval Georgian architecture, the cathedral suffered heavy damage throughout centuries and was reconstructed to its present state through a gradual process starting in the 1950s, with major conservation works concluding in 2012. A distinct landmark in the scenery of central Kutaisi, the cathedral rests on the Ukimerioni Hill.HistoryBagrati Cathedral was built in the early years of the 11th century, during the reign of King Bagrat III, due to which it was called "Bagrati", i.e., Bagrat’s cathedral. An inscription on the north wall reveals that the floor was laid in "chronicon 223", i.e., 1003. In 1692, it was devastated in an explosion by Ottoman troops who had invaded the Kingdom of Imereti. The incident caused the cupola and ceiling to collapse.Conservation and restoration works, as well as archaeological studies at the Cathedral began in the 1950s under the leadership of a Georgian architect Vakhtang Tsintsadze. The restoration works headed by Tsintsadze were divided into six stages and continued for several decades through 1994. That same year in 1994 Bagrati Cathedral, together with the Gelati Monastery, was included in UNESCO's World Heritage Site list as a single entity. In 2001, ownership of the cathedral was transferred from the Georgian state to the Georgian Orthodox Church. It is presently of limited use for religious services, but attracts many pilgrims and tourists. It is also frequently used as a symbol of the city of Kutaisi, being one of its main tourist attractions.
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  • A church extraordinary, heavenly roof detail; from outside you can see the whole town of Kutaisi. Unmissable
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  • A beautiful cathedral that is still in use as a place of worship and civil ceremonies. Rebuilt several times - this is a great place to see the character of Georgian life in weddings. Beautiful settin...  more »
  • It was one of the many Churches we visited in Georgia, and oh my it was lovely! The walk towards the church on quaint cobbled lanes, artistic interiors, and views of the city down below was just amazi...  more »
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  • A UNESCO world heritage site that is an easy walk from the centre of Kutaisi. Just look up and you will see it. This means you get good views from the church itself. It's better on the outside then the inside but definitely with the stroll up.
  • Bagrati Cathedral was built as symbol of united Georgia in 11th century. It is named after King Bagrat who began construction of the complex. It is located on Ukimerion hill overlooking the city. Very beautifull views of Kutaisi.
  • You must to visit! Unique and very old church. The Cathedral of the Dormition, or the Kutaisi Cathedral, more commonly known as Bagrati Cathedral (Georgian: ბაგრატი; ბაგრატის ტაძარი, or Bagratis tadzari), is an 11th-century cathedral in the city of Kutaisi, in the Imereti region of Georgia. A masterpiece of the medieval Georgian architecture, the cathedral suffered heavy damage throughout centuries and was reconstructed to its present state through a gradual process starting in the 1950s, with major conservation works concluding in 2012. A distinct landmark in the scenery of central Kutaisi, the cathedral rests on the Ukimerioni Hill.
  • Interesting combination of ancient and modern times. Though the cathedral is not as mesmerizing as it was, you can enjoy breathtaking views of Kutaisi.
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