Historically, Kutaisi has been one of the main cities of the region. In the ancient times Kutaisi was the capital of the Kingdom of Colchis and Kingdom of Lazica. In the middle ages it served as a capital of the Kingdom of Georgia and Kingdom of Imereti. In the 20th century, Kutaisi became the major industrial center under the USSR.
Kutaisi is famous for two of its important historical monuments that are enlisted in the World Heritage Sites list of the UNESCO: Bagrati Cathedral and Gelati Monastery, and two natural monuments in the city surroundings: Prometheus Cave and Okatse Canyon. Kutaisi International Airport is located in 14 kms from the center. City has several museums, cinemas, theaters and opera as well.