The historic province Imereti in western Georgia is the region of the legendary Golden Fleece – this is where the long quest for the Golden Fleece took Jason and the Argonauts. Imereti region is known for its remarkable geography, stretching from the humid subtropical areas to 2850-meter high alpine meadows, with numerous rivers, karst caves, health spas and a large number of mineral water springs on its territory.
Among its historical sites, Gelati Monastery and Bagrati Cathedral near Kutaisi have been added to UNESCO World Heritage Sites list.
Gelati is a monastic complex and academy, which was built by the king David IV the Builder in the 12th century.
Sataplia is nature reserve and a cave located in Imereti, near Kutaisi. Cave is famous for its fossilized footprints of a dinosaur.
Prometheus Cave, also known as Kumistavi, is another beautiful and popular site located in Imereti. Cave has in total 22 different halls, six of which are open to visitors, who can enjoya 1-hour route, finished by a boating tour on an underground river.
Okatse Canyon is another popular natural landmark of Imereti. It is located near the village Gordi. Canyon is about 14 km long, while width ranges from 3-6 to 15-20 meters, and depth – 20-100 meters. Waterfalls are arguably the major highlights of the site (the biggest one is 60 m high).
Chiatura is a town in Imereti, which is famous for its old mines, factories and ancient cable car. In addition, there is an opportunity to visit The Katskhi Pillar in Chiatura. The visitor can find a monastery on the top of 40-meter high pillar.
There is a famous spa resort, Tskaltubo in about 8 km from Kutaisi. The place is perfect for the people who want to experience unique radon-carbonated waters, and visit the ruins of the old Stalinist-style sanatoriums.
Imeretian cuisine is one of the most notable in Georgia. Khachapuri (Georgian traditional cheese pie) is a staple of Georgian cuisine. Imeretian Khachapuri is the most popular type of Khachapuri.
While driving to Imereti, at the village of Shrosha, you can see people along the motorway selling beautiful articles made of clay. This is one of the oldest and most popular handicrafts in Georgia.
The major towns of Imereti are Kutaisi, Zestaponi, Samtredia, Tskaltubo, Chiatura.
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