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Bagrati Cathedral and Gelati Monastery, 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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  • You have to see Bagrati Cathedral if you are in Kutaisi. It is not too far from city center and it has a stunning view to the city and to the Caucasus mountains.  more »
  • Just there to climb a bit once past the river and comes to this Cathedral, UNESCO World Heritage, where it is usually put together many people but only be discarded on the grass a while. A very nice place within a city not especially beautiful.
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  • It is fabulous site, nice view and nice whether, the problem was toilet they don't work probably and it isn't suitable  more »
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  • Absolutely stunning, both cathedral and panoramic view of Kutaisi. Although cathedral was built just few years ago, it's really magnificent and resembles the old church, ruins of which you can find nearby.
  • Beautiful place. Impressive cathedral and wonderful view for city. Must visit every tourist in Kutaisi.
  • An interesting restoration. Would benefit from a more detailed explanation of what this entailed.
  • Walking distance from the center. Ceiling supporter materials inside of the cathedral doesnt seem good, looks very modern. Worth to visit.
  • It's UNESCO heritage registered. Definitely worth a visit.