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Georgia’s second city is one of the most ancient in the world. Capital at various times of several different kingdoms and groups of kingdoms within Georgia, Kutaisi has a rich and fascinating history, and much of this is apparent to visitors. The town is attractive and not without things to see and do, although most people come to Kutaisi to see the surrounding attractions. Modern Kutaisi is still struggling economically, however, and is ­noticeably less lively than Batumi or Tbilisi.

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Geography

Kutaisi is located along both banks of the Rioni River. The city lies at an elevation of 125–300 meters (410–984 feet) above sea level. To the east and northeast, Kutaisi is bounded by the Northern Imereti Foothills, to the north by the Samgurali Range, and to the west and the south by the Colchis Plain.

 

 

Weather in Kutaisi

The climate in Kutaisi is humid subtropical with a well-defined on-shore/monsoonal flow (characteristic of the Colchis Plain) during the Autumn and Winter months. The summers are generally hot and relatively dry while the winters are wet and cool. Average annual temperature in the city is 14.5 degrees Celsius. January is the coldest month with an average temperature of 5.3 degrees Celsius while July is the hottest month with an average temperature of 23.2 degrees Celsius. The absolute minimum recorded temperature is −17 degrees Celsius and the absolute maximum is 44 degrees Celsius. Average annual precipitation is around 1,530 mm (60.24 in).

 

 

Sights of Kutaisi

• Palace-itadel: The ruined Palace-itadel immediately east of the Bagrati Cathedral dates from the 6th century and in the 17th century was still reported by French and Russian travellers to be massively impressive. In 1769 King Solomon I of Imereti and the Russian General Todtleben bombarded the castle (which was then occupied by the Turks) from Mtsvane Kvavila hill across the river, reducing it to a ruin.

• synagogue: Kutaisi used to have one of Georgia's largest Jewish communities but since independence most of the 1000 or so families have emigrated to Israel. A handsome 1880s synagogue in the old Jewish district is still in use, but the smaller synagogue (Gaponov 49) further up the street is now disused.

• Bagrati Cathedral: If you cross the Chachvis Khidi you can walk up cobbled streets lined with attractive houses and gardens to the magnificent ruins of the 11th-century Bagrati Cathedral on Ukimerioni Hill.

• Mtsvane Kvavila Monastery: From the old Jewish district Gaponov leads on up to the hill to the Mtsvane Kvavila Monastery, with three churches and the Pantheon where famous Kutaislebi (denizens of Kutaisi) are buried.

 

 

Things to do

Europa+: The best restaurant in the centre, with neatly set tables and colourful murals. Go elsewhere, though, if you want to avoid live music with your dinner. It’s in the corner of a courtyard set back from the street, and a cocktail bar and a beer bar are part of the same establishment.

 

Club Almano: A smarter, modestly kitsch place just off Davit Agh­masheneblis moedani. It’s a restaurant-cum-bar with a blue-lit mezzanine and tasty Georgian dishes. For a solid main dish, the ojakhuri (made from roasted meat and potatoes) is a good bet.

 

market area: Every visitor to Kutaisi will want to see Bagrati Cathedral, while those with more time will enjoy visiting the History Museum, wandering the busy market area around Lermontov and exploring the attractive central streets and the old Jewish district.

 

Pay a visit to Tbilisi, this wonderful place has many beautiful sights and it's the place for a relax day on your holiday in Georgia. The women from Tbilisi are also very relax and they are easy to approach.

 

 

Main sights

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 are many interesting places in Kutaisi, such as: Sataplia Cave, where one can observe footprints of dinosaurs; Geguti Palace, which was one of the residences of Georgian monarchs; "Okros Chardakhi" – Georgian Kings’ Palace; and the Pantheon, where many notable citizens are buried. In December 2009, the demolition of a major World War II memorial in the city resulted in the death of two people. Russia had heavily protested the decision to remove the memorial.

 

 

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Georgian Women is a mix of good manners and culture. 

Georgian women value family traditions and they understand the heritage they were given. They are easy going and low maintenance. They are absolutely desired in every aspect.

 

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