utaisi is the second city in size of Georgia and throughout its history has been the capital of the western half of the country, and also of all Georgia during part of the Middle Ages. Today, it is hosting the nation’s Parliament, which occupies an avant-garde building inaugurated in May 2012, and the administrative center of the Imereti region. It has about 200,000 inhabitants and it is well connected by road and railway.
It is 3 miles from Gelati. The chosen place for its construction giving a lot of peace. It is surrounded by forests and the site rises on a cliff overlooking the Skaltsitela River. The temple is dedicated to Saints David and Konstantine, two feudal lords who were captured by the Arab army of Murwan the Deaf in 735 and who were tortured to death to abdicate their faith.
Their bodies were thrown into the Rioni River but during the night a miracle happened: the bodies of the saints appeared to their servants and a voice from Heaven told them to bury them in this place. Every October 2 the people of the Imereti region spend the night in Motsameta to see the rays of the sun at dawn reflected in the river and they make a wish.
It is barely six kilometers from the Gelati monastery and many people walk the path. If you want to go back Kutaisi you can share a taxi (7GEL) or you can go to the main road and wait for some marshrutka to go to the city.