Imereti is located in the central part of west of Georgia and is divided into two parts: upper and lower Imereti. This site of Georgia is abundant with rivers, which is the reason of rich flora and fauna existing here. The capital of west Georgia is Kutaisi, which used to be the capital of old Georgian kingdom – Kolkheti, present Imereti. Kutaisi is mentioned in the Greek myth about Argonauts. From cultural monuments of Imereti, the most exceptional are Bagrati Monastery (1003 y) and UNESCO world heritage monument Gelati Monastery (1106 y), Geguti Fortress (8th century), Ubisi monastery (12th century), Katskhi Pillar and Church

Imereti

Imereti is located in the central part of west of Georgia and is divided into two parts: upper and lower Imereti. This site of Georgia is abundant with rivers, which is the reason of rich flora and fauna existing here. The capital of west Georgia is Kutaisi, which used to be the capital of old Georgian kingdom – Kolkheti, present Imereti. Kutaisi is mentioned in the Greek myth about Argonauts. From cultural monuments of Imereti, the most exceptional are Bagrati Monastery (1003 y) and UNESCO world heritage monument Gelati Monastery (1106 y), Geguti Fortress (8th century), Ubisi monastery (12th century), Katskhi Pillar and Church (5-6th century), Motsameta Monastery (8th century), although, the most important monument is an ancient city in Vani, where archeological excavations have been carried out since 1947. Uncovered materials belong to the 8th-1st centuries B.C. On the site of the ancient city, there are well-preserved ruins of the city and even an ancient pavement. Abundant treasure and precious jewellery of prehistoric period have been discovered in the city. Sataplia, famous for its untouched box-tree forests and millions of years’ dinosaur footprints attracts tourists from all over the world. Imereti boasts with its beautiful canyons of Okatse and Kinchkha and karst cave of Prometheus, where 16 halls have been discovered rich in stalactites, stalagmites, petrified waterfalls, underwater rivers and lakes.