What to See?
Lado Meskhishvili State Drama Theatre Kutaisi drama theatre is the main attraction of the city’s central square. It was built in the 1950s, although the history of Kutaisi theatre began 100 years earlier. The first play was performed in 1861. Many famous Georgian artists and founders of Georgian theatre started their career in this theatre.
Resort Tskaltubo Tskaltubo Resort is located 9 kilometres away from Kutaisi. The unique attraction of Tskaltubo is its architecture, which is represented by Stalin’s “Empire” style buildings. Part of them still needs renovation. Although, exactly these buildings attract the admirers of industrial tourism. It was a famous resort even back in the VII-IX centuries for its thermal-radon mineral water springs. Hot springs are incomparable in their healing qualities and have distinct stable physical and chemical composition. Mineral water is flowing constantly, which ensures the preservation of homogeneity. The natural temperature of the water varies between 33 and 35°C, it is mild, twinkling and scentless. The water can cure the following diseases: locomotive system disorder, peripheral nervous system diseases, cardiovascular system disease, skin and endocrine diseases, gynaecological disorders, metabolic disorders, etc. The water is recommended for adults as well as for kids. Healing rehabilitation centres are located in the central park (78 hectares), in the middle of the city. Here the baths are supplied with the underground mineral water. The park is afforested by deciduous and coniferous trees, decorative plants and flowers, which harmoniously create a nice climate of the city.
Resort Sairme Mineral springs of resort Sairme have been examined yet in the 19th century. The springs have a broad spectrum of healing properties for different diseases like urethral calculi, gallbladder-peeling diseases, metabolic disorders, gastrointestinal diseases. On the territory of the resort, comfortable buvettes are located. Each spring is considered for special indications. In addition to these, the resort has thermal spa and wellness centres, 800 meters long ZIP Line, compak sporting, outdoor pools and the city of ropes.
David Kakabadze Fine Art Gallery A gallery located in the centre of the city holds important works of Georgian fine art. It was founded in 1974 and nowadays collects nearly 3000 exponents. A visitor will find out paintings of worldwide famous Georgian artists, such as Niko Pirosmani, David Kakabadze, Felix Varla and paintings of . The gallery is named after David Kakabadze who was born in a little village near Kutaisi. By the help of Georgian philanthropists, he studied at the University of Petersburg and graduated it in 1916. He returned to Tbilisi for a little while. After that, the Georgian government sent him to Paris where he was living in between 1919-1927 years. His drawings represent pretty little villages of his homeland Imereti and it was also him who made a vast collection of cubist paintings. Some of them you can find in the Gallery. Innovations of David Kakabadze are important even today. He created a conception of glassless stereo cinematograph and he was working on technical methods of lighting, 3D image, etc.
Kutaisi State Opera The building in the centre of the city, adorned with magnificent statues typical for Antique time is Kutaisi Opera House. Kutaisi has an important role in the history of Georgian opera. It’s partly because that the founder of Georgian opera, Meliton Balanchivadze (by the way also the father of one of the worldwide famous ballet master George Balanchine), was born and had received elementary education in a little village near Kutaisi. Zakaria Paliashvili, the composer of famous Georgian operas “Abesalom and Eteri” and “Daisi”, was also born and raised in Kutaisi. One can pay a visit to his house-museum on the Varlamishvili street. At the place where nowadays Kutaisi Opera House is located, at that time Kutaisi Theatre was holding shows. At different times there were different establishments, but all of them were connected to music. In 1969 new building was erected. Georgian, as well as internationally famous operas like Traviata, Rigoletto, Pagliacci (Clowns), are staged here till today. Kutaisi Opera house was renovated in 2010 and it was opened on the 29th of December.