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Bagrati Cathedral

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The Symbol of the united Georgia, the Cathedral of Dormition or more commonly known as   Bagrati Cathedral is one of the main tourist attractions of Kutaisi.  It was built during the reign of King Bagrat III in 1003. In 1994, Bagrati  Cathedral was included in UNESCO World Heritage Site list as a single entity.

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Parliament of Georgia

ასIn 2012, Kutaisi became the parliamentary city. The building is designed by the well-known Spanish architects Alberto Domingo Cabo and Carlo Lazaro. It is a 40 meter height glass dome which is distinguished with its own unique style. Offices, meeting rooms, conference halls, exhibition space and Plenary Session Hall are placed in the building.

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Golden Marquee

Golden Marquee

Golden Marquee is the only surviving construction of the XVII-XVIII century residence belonging to Imeretian kings. The information about the original residence preserved only in the works of travelers. According to Ambrojio Kontarini, an Italian traveler, the palace of King Bagrat II stood here in the second half of the XV century.

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The White Bridge

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The White Bridge is located in the centre of Kutaisi. The bridge is one of the main tourist attractions. Its construction began in 1872. The White railing of the bridge is in line with the white stones of the river Rioni. "Picasso's boy" is a favorite place for tourists to take photos.  There are many stories connected to the white bridge.

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State Opera and Ballet Theatre

State  Opera and Ballet TheatreThe Opera and Ballet Theatre is named after Meliton Balanchivadze, the father of a great Georgian ballet master George Banalchine. The interior of the theatre is an analogue of the Vienna State Mini Opera. The opera house was rebuilt in 2011, during the restoration 13 Roman statues were made on the roof of the building. 

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Kutaisi Botanical Garden

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Kutaisi Botanical Garden originated in the mid19th century is the second of the earliest botanical gardens in the country after the Tbilisi National Botanical Garden. The garden’s dendroflora is represented by about 700 species of plants, trees and bushes from all the floristic regions of the world.

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Colchis Fountain

 

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Amazingly beautiful Colchis Fountain is located in the central square of the city.  The fountain was opened on May 2, 2012, which was created based on the  Colchis  culture. It has large-scale copies of the famous 30 gold jewellery goats and sheep. The distinctive sculpture of ''Tamada'' is on the top.  The same pieces of artefacts were found in archaeological excavations in Vani.

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Green Market

 

სფაThe green market (bazaar) is located in the city centre. It is one of the most popular places for visitors. In the green market, one can see a great variety of fruit, vegetables, spices, sweets, pickles and other local products. The market has mainly organic products, which are brought from the nearby villages.

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Ukimerioni Castle

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Ukimerioni fortress is the oldest part of Kutaisi.We can consider that because of its favorable geographical location and unapproachable cliffs Ukimerioni must have been one of the powerful fortresses of Georgian tribes a long time ago before the city originated.

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State Drama Theatre

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Kutaisi Lado Meskhishvili State Drama Theatre is located in the central square of the city. It was established in 1861. In the late XIX century, it played a key role in the development of Georgian theatre. One of the most prestigious and professional of Georgia’s directors Kote Marjanishvili regarded as an important contributor to the pre- and post-revolutionary evolution of the Georgian stage was a theatre director in 1928-1930.

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State Historical Museum

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Georgia’s unique cultural heritage of IX-VII centuries BC, from the late medieval period is kept in Kutaisi State Historical Museum. They include the archaeological findings in the area of West Georgia from the Bronze Age, ancient monuments and the rare artifacts of Georgian, Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Oriental history, everyday life and culture.

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Mtsvanekvavila

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According to one story, Georgian writer and diplomat Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani guested the beautiful part of Kutaisi, after a long travelling throughout Europe. Sulkhan-Saba gave an unfamiliar seed to the clergymen, which was brought from Europe. Soon the place broke out into green blossom. That is why it is called Mtsvanekvavila – place in green flowers.

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