"one of the most ancient cities in the world" K'alak'i K'ut'aisi by josephescu

K'alak'i K'ut'aisi Travel Guide: 33 reviews and 108 photos

Founded just under 4000 years ago, Kutaisi is one of the most ancient cities in the world, and during history, since the times of Jason and the Argonauts in their search for the Golden Fleece, the town has been the historical capital of different kingdoms in Western Georgia.

some facts

- 3rd century BC – Appolonius of Rhodes mentions Kutaia, the city of King Aeetes, father of Medea

- 730 – devastated by Arabs during their war with the Byzantine empire

- end of 6th century – Kutaisi becomes the capital of the Kingdom of Abkhazia, the royal palace built within the citadel walls

- 1089 – David the Builder crowned here, works on Bagrati and Gelati cathedrals started

- Kutaisi was the political, economical and cultural centre of Georgia until 1122, when Tbilisi, liberated from Arab rule by David the Builder, took over the role of capital

- Mongol invasions divided Georgia once again, and Kutaisi resumed its role as capital

- 1510 – Ottoman fire

- 1669 – Bagrati cathedral blown up

- 1770 – city recaptured by joint Georgian & Russian armies

What a difference from Tbilisi

Economically depressed and pauper, with virtually no social life, Kutaisi is still the second largest city in modern Georgia. What a difference from Tbilisi!
However, this is no reason for not having a VT page.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:maintains local flavour almost intact
  • Cons:economically depressed
  • In a nutshell:fascinating history
  • Last visit to K'alak'i K'ut'aisi: Aug 2006
  • Intro Updated Oct 29, 2006
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  • Aug 28, 2007 at 11:19 PM

    you have done an absolutely fantastic job here! such great info, and wonderful photos too. im glad to have discovered your travels, they are amazing!

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    Nov 24, 2006 at 3:06 AM

    absolutely wonderful photos of places rarely heard of. Thank for this and your other Georgia pages.

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