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Kutaisi - Prometheus caves

Get acquainted with the ancient Colchis civilization, enjoy beauty of the second largest city of Georgia!

+ FREE wine, FREE wifi, Friendly guide, Professional driver
- Really long way from Tbilisi

Stops: Kutaisi, Gelati, Motsameta, Prometheus cave

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Kutaisi was the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Colchis from the sixth till the fifth century BC. Many historians think that Kutaisi was the final destination of Jason’s journey in the Greek epic poem Argonautica. Therefore, the city was the place where the Argonauts met the King Aeëtes and stole the Golden Fleece. A common belief among the local people is that the loss of the Golden Fleece resulted in the loss of the former greatness and hegemony of the region.

We will visit Bagrati cathedral, founded in X century. Then we will head for two monastery complexes: Gelati and Motsameta.

Gelati is commonly recognized as the pearl of the Georgian Golden Age architecture. It was founded in 1106 by King David IV and it is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Motsameta is located above a bend of the Tskhaltsitela River five kilometers from Kutaisi. The river name Tskhaltsitela (‘Red Water’), comes from a massacre committed by the Arabs in the 8th-century. Among the victims there were brothers Davit and Konstantin Mkheidze, dukes of Argveti. Their bodies were thrown into the river, but, according to a legend, were miraculously brought up to the monastery by lions.

Prometheus cave
Prometheus cave is located near the town of Tskaltubo, 20 kilometers away from Kutaisi. The cave was discovered in 1984 and became soon a tourist attraction. Prometheus cave is the biggest in Georgia and with its underground lakes and rivers will make a huge impression on you!


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