Bagrati Cathedral in Kutaisi ranks among the best monuments of Georgian architecture. The cathedral was built in the 11th century during the reign of King Bagrat III, who unified Georgian regions into one kingdom. While Tbilisi was occupied by Persians for around 400 years, Kutaisi Served as a capital of Georgian kingdom. The church is situated on the high, rocky right bank of Rioni river.
Later in the 17th century a Turkish explosion left the cathedral in a ruined state until it was fully renovated between 2009 and 2012, with a mix of old and new stone and a few steel sections. The cathedral gained Unesco World Heritage listing in 1994, but the recent renovation has put it in danger to lose this status. Getting up to the Bagrati Cathedral is a must have while you’re in Kutaisi. It is visible from all places of Kutaisi, so you will not be lost in a way there, and it takes you about 15 minutes to walk from the red bridge (Tsiteli Khidi; It’s in the center of the city, there is a station for busses and minibuses for a trip around the city), visiting is free of charge. Also, from the place where the Cathedral is located, you’ll get incredible panorama of Kutaisi. Every Sunday, from 9:00 AM till 2:00 PM, there is divine worship and you will be able to listen to Georgian chant and even folk music. Also The Cathedral is the most popular place in Kutaisi for weddings and if you are lucky you will be able to track the traditional wedding ritual on the weekends.