Bagrati Cathedral and Gelati Monastery
Bagrati Cathedral is a masterpiece of modern and medieval Georgian architecture. The construction of Bagrati Cathedral, named after Bagrat III, the first king of united Georgia, started at the end of the 10th century and was completed in the early years of the 11th century. Although partly destroyed by the Turks in 1691, its ruins still lie in the centre of Kutaisi.
The Gelati Monastery, whose main buildings were erected between the 12th and 17th centuries, is a well-preserved complex, with wonderful mosaics and wall paintings, especially them is notably the Virgin and Child’s 12th century eye-catching mosaic. The cathedral and monastery represent the flowering of medieval architecture in Georgia.
In 1994 the Bagrati Cathedral, together with the Gelati Monastery, was included in UNESCO’s World Heritage Site list as a single entity.