The museum-reserve has been in operation since 1981, working towards a goal of preserving the archaeological, historical, and architectural monuments of the Imereti and Racha-Lechkhumi regions, including the 11th-century World Heritage listed Bagrati Cathedral, the 12th-century Gelati and Motsameta Monasteries, the 12th-century Palace of Geguti, and the 16th-century Imeretian royal palace, Okros Chardakhi.
In all, the Kutaisi Historical Architectural Museum Reserve is home to more than 805 monuments of significance, ranging from the aforementioned landmarks to ancient fortresses, beautiful churches, quaint synagogues, and more than a few natural landmarks.
There is just so much to see within the Kutaisi Historical Architectural Museum-Reserve, with more than 805 separate places to visit!
With so many monuments to see, you’re likely to be spoiled for choice, but make sure you visit the beautiful Gelati Monastery, explore the limestone Sagvarjile Cave, visit the ruins of Shorapani Fortress, or sample the mineral waters of Zvare.
If you’re interested in religious architecture, you’ll also want to include Nikortsminda and its cathedral on your must-see list, as well as the villages of Kulashi, Lailashi, Oni, and their synagogues.
One of the most photogenic landmarks in the region is Katskhi Pillar, a limestone cliff with a tiny church on the top, where a lonely monk is living.
For those with an interest in history and architecture, the museum-reserve is sure to keep you busy for months. There is just so much to see!