Viisit Dadiani Palace in Zugdidi. Dadiani was a Georgian family of nobles, dukes and princes, and a ruling dynasty of the western Georgian province of Samegrelo.
Dadiani was a Georgian family of nobles, dukes and princes, and a ruling dynasty of the western Georgian province of Samegrelo.
The first data about the family dates back to 1046. Presumably, the Dadiani descended from a certain Dadi, of the House of Vardanisdze. Appointed as hereditary eristavi (dukes) of Odishi (Samegrelo) in reward for their military services, the family had become the most powerful feudal house in western Georgia by the 1280s. At that time, the branches of the family governed also Svaneti and Guria.
The cross-domed, tri-conch Cathedral located on the top of Ukimerioni Hill, was built in the 11th century, during the reign of King Bagrat III, due to which it was called Bagrat's Cathedral. The cathedral is distinguished for its elegant proportions, grand size, facade composition, ornaments and relief carvings. Bagrat's cathedral marked the establishment of a style of the advanced middle Ages in the Georgian architecture.
Sataplia is a karst cave located about 6 km north-west of Kutaisi, in a nature reserve of the same name. The grotto features spectacular stalactites and stalagmites and is 890 meters long, 10 m high and 12 m wide.