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Kutaisi (ქუთაისი; ancient names: Aea/Aia, Kutatisi, Kutaïssi, Cutais, Koutaïs) is Georgia's second largest city and the capital of the western region of Imereti. It is 221 km to the west of Tbilisi. Kutaisi was the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Colchis. Archeological evidence indicates that the city functioned as the capital of the kingdom of Colchis as early as the second millennium BC. It is widely believed by historians that when Apollonius Rhodius was writing about Jason and the Argonauts and their legendary journey to Colchis, Kutaisi/Aia was the final destination of the Argonauts and the residence of King Aeëtes. From 978 to 1122 CE Kutaisi was the capital of the united Kingdom of Georgia, and from the 15th century until 1810 it was the capital of the Imeretian Kingdom. In 1508, the city was captured by Selim I, who was the son of the Sultan of the Ottomans at that time, Bayezid II. (→Kutaisi)

Object location42° 15′ 00″ N, 42° 42′ 00″ E Kartographer map based on OpenStreetMap.View all coordinates using: OpenStreetMap - Google Earth - Proximityramainfo Edit coordinates on Wikidata (discrepancy of 0 meters between the above coordinates and the ones stored on Wikidata)
Downtown Kutaisi & White Bridge as seen from Mt Gora (August 2011)-cropped.jpg
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third largest city and legislative capital of Georgia
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LocationImereti, Georgia
Inceptioncirca 3rd century BC
date QS:P,-250-00-00T00:00:00Z/7,P1480,Q5727902
  • 147,900 (2015)
  • 82 square kilometre
Elevation above sea level
  • 120 metre
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42° 15′ 00″ N, 42° 42′ 00″ E

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