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Bagrati cathedral

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Bagrati cathedral – built by the king of Georgia and Abkhazia Bagrat III(978-1014), Virgin Mary's Church, which has a special place with it’s architectural and artistic dignity in the history of Georgian architecture. Historically, it is a symbol of united Georgia.

Where is it located?

The Bagrati Cathedral is located in Imereti region, Kutaisi, on the hill of Ukimerioni.

How to get to Bagrati Cathedral

To get to Bagrati Cathedral you need to visit Kutaisi. There goes different types of transports: bus, microbus, train and there is also a flight from Tbilisi, Mestia and Ambrolauri. The transport goes from Didube and Tbilisi central transport station.

History

Bagrati Cathedral was built in X-XI century, during the reign of King Bagrat III, an inscription on the north wall reveals that the floor was laid in "chronicon223" (i.e. 1003). It is a symbol of unity and strength of the country.

Until the end of the XVII century monument was unharmed. We get significant information about Bagrati Cathedral from the records of Russian ambassadors Tolchanov and Ilevi who were in Imereti in 1650-52. They refer to nearby buildings of the cathedral, the bell tower, which is still in a good condition and the palaces.

According to Vakhushti Bagrationi, in 1692 the Ottomans destroyed the temple dome. Over time, its destruction continued. Currently, the Bagrati Cathedral Restoration Fund is based, which aims to reconstruct the cathedral with the help of modern technologies. Since 1994 Bagrati Cathedral is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Monument. In 1995 in the temple began the liturgy. In 2009, the Government of Georgia started a full restoration of the monument.






Location
42.277237, 42.704297
Distance from the Capital
236 km (146.64 mi)

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