Kutaisi postcardKutaisi is one of the most important educational and scientific centers in Georgia, hosting the Gelati Academy of Sciences, established in the 12th century by King David IV. Here is also one of the most important educational centers in modern Georgia, Ak'ak'i Ts'ereteli State University, established in 1930. Besides these two, there are many other universities, institutes, colleges and schools in Kutaisi.
Kutaisi (Georgian: ქუთაისი), was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Colchis, is the second largest city in Georgia and capital of the western region of Imereti.
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 Ghélati Monastery a few km east of the city, are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.