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Winston Churchill

“History is a relentless master. IT has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fas is to be swept aside”.

John F. Kennedy 

The Kutaisi Cathedral of Dormition (“Bagrati Cathedral”), the symbol of united GeorgianKingdom, was founded by the first king of united Georgia Bagrat III Bagrationi (978-1014). According to the inscription on the façade, the construction of the cathedral was completed in 1003.

Bagrati Cathedral is one of the biggest architectural monuments of Georgia. Its cupola was supported by four free standing pillars.

Before the construction was finished, a three storied tower was added to the cathedral. In the first half of 11th century the richly embellished porches were added from the South and West.

On the Eastern and Northern walls of Bagrati Cathedral there are carved inscriptions. The earliest inscription of Arabic numerals in Georgia is preserved on the Northern window of the cathedral.

At the end of 17th Century the cathedral was blown up by invaders. Its destruction continued in 17th and 19th centuries.

The archeological excavations of the territory of Bagrati Cathedral has revealed the cultural layers different periods, among them the fragments of a 4th century church, the mosaic floor dated to 1003 and several royal burial vaults.

Since 1994 Bagrati Cathedral has been inscribed upon the World Heritage List of the Convention concerning the Protection of the Wolrd Cultural and Natural Heritage. Inscription on this list confirms the outstanding universal value of a cultural or natural property which deserves protection for the benefit of all humanity.

(An inscription on the board in the entrance of Bagrati Cathedral)

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