Bagrati cathedral – Kutaisi city

Баграти Кутаиси Грузия cathedral

Bagrati cathedral

Kutaisi city

The UNESCO World Heritage

Kutaisi city Bagrati cathedral was included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 as single entity.

UNESCO designated endangered the site , which was concerned that the continuing restoration was not carefully prepared. Despite this, proponents of restoration argued that the site was more likely to fall apart if it was let to soak in rainwater, as it had done for centuries.

Also, it is the cathedral of the Dormition or Kutaisi Cathedral, also most commonly known as Bagrati cathedral. It was built in the early years of the 1th century during the reign of the king Bagrat III due to which it was called “Bagrati”.

About Bagrati Cathedral

The Cathedral is located in the center of Kutaisi, the region of Imereti. Resting upon the top of Ukimerioni hill, it was built in the early years of the 11th century. More precisely, as the inscription on the north wall reveals the floor laid in “Chronicon 223. i.e.1003.

Imereti kingdom

 When Ottomans invaded Imereti kingdom in 1512 through its southern neighbor Samtskhe and unexpectedly struck Bagrat’s capital Kutaisi, Bagrati cathedral was devastated by an explosion.

Also, this incident caused cupola and ceiling to collapse. The cathedral was officially rebuilt on September 16, 2012. Nowadays it serves as a masterpiece in the history of modern and medieval Georgian architecture. It is also frequently used as a symbol of the whole city of Kutaisi, being one of its main tourist attractions.