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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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  • A beautiful mind 11 century temple, which was destroyed and rebuilt B16 in this century. However, inside you will be amazed by the variety of modern building materials, do not leave the place these days. There's even an elevator! However, the temple is dedicated to Christian relics, for whom a visit worth.
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  • Gelati and Bagrati Monastery and Cathedral are beautiful places to go even if you are not a Christian you should visit them to get more knowledge about Christianity and Georgian people.  more »
  • After Mocamety, where we stumbled upon a wedding with lots of cars and people at the small territory, it was nice to visit the large territory in Gelati. Very many buildings, including zdanice with telescope-children very much, I ran here with pleasure. Spent a lot more time than planned. There are guides who lead the Group and to which you can join. However, the quality of the stories hosted only one woman. Young and old men say the obvious and boring stuff. Us woman with children and interesting detail told about the mosaics and frescoes in the main temple. The big drawback is the lack of information panels and racks. Still, the monastery-UNESCO object. At the entrance there is a small information, but it's almost all. And so without guides difficult sometimes, for which a particular object is erected and used.
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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.
  • Interesting combination of ancient and modern times. Though the cathedral is not as mesmerizing as it was, you can enjoy breathtaking views of Kutaisi.
  • A masterpiece of the medieval Georgian architecture. The Cathedral of the Dormition, more commonly known as Bagrati Cathedral , is an 11th-century cathedral in the city of Kutaisi, in the Imereti region of Georgia.
  • 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 must see place and totally worth the walk up to the top of the hill. The view from there is amazing.

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