Kutaisi is the third most populous city in Georgia, in stark contrast to Tbilisi. Like Gori, many tourists tend to ignore Kutaisi. In Georgia, many cities look very similar. But when you walk in, you find something different.
This (Kutaisi) is one of the oldest cities in Europe, and its history can be traced back to the 6th century BC, when it was the capital of the ancient Colchis kingdom. Kutaisi was once regarded as the intellectual and cultural capital of Georgia. As the times changed and more people went to Tbilisi, the city of Kutaisi gradually declined.
After some of the city ’s population traveled to Tbilisi, the community ’s “Soviet style” changed completely.
Today, there is a retro atmosphere, there are many tea houses, food markets and some historical buildings. The whole city can be visited, there are many attractions, caves, waterfalls and canyons, as well as wineries from a century ago.
Things to do in Kutaisi
- Take a free walking tour of Kutaisi and admire the city’s architecture and historical attractions.
- Visit the UNESCO-listed Glatt Monastery and the 11th-century Bagrati Cathedral.
- Browse to walk through the city park.
- Go to the vineyard and visit wine making.
- Try Immeltian cuisine at the Kutaisi restaurant.
In general, Kutaisi is a small town with a long history. More is the church and the city landscape. If you don’t like the city view, or have seen too many churches. Then you can choose to skip. Go directly to the northern mountains.
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