Kutaisi (ancient names: Aea/Aia, Kutatisi, Kutaïssi) is Georgia’s second largest city and the capital of the western region of Imereti with the population of ~190 000.

The city itself is mentioned in the ancient Greek “Argos” epos as the capital of old Colchis.

Kutaisi has contributed much into the process of Georgian unification. In the VIII century it becomes the capital of West Georgia, while in the X century the capital of united Georgia headed by King Bagrat III. At the age of 16 the strongest Georgian king David the Builder has been crowned here.

In the mid XV century Kutaisi becomes the capital of Imereti kingdom. It played the particular role as the center of Georgian national-liberating and cultural movement in the late XIX century.

The landmark of the city is the ruined Bagrati Cathedral, built by Bagrat III, king of Georgia, in the early 11th century. The Bagrati Cathedral and the Gelati Monastery a few km east of the city, are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. One of the famous churches in Georgia is Motsameta Church. It is named after two saints, brothers David and Constantine. They were the Dukes of Margveti, and were martyred by Arab invaders in the 8th century. Besides the churches, there