Baghdati
ბაღდათი
Town
Baghdati Town Center
Baghdati Town Center
Baghdati
Baghdati
Baghdati
Baghdati
Baghdati
Baghdati
Baghdati
Baghdati (Imereti)
Coordinates: 42°4′4″N 42°49′29″E / 42.06778°N 42.82472°E / 42.06778; 42.82472Coordinates: 42°4′4″N 42°49′29″E / 42.06778°N 42.82472°E / 42.06778; 42.82472
CountryGeorgia
RegionImereti
DistrictBaghdati
Elevation
200 m (700 ft)
Population
 (2014)
 • Total3,707
 [1]
Time zoneGeorgian Time (UTC+4)
ClimateCfa

Baghdati (Georgian: ბაღდათი, romanized: baghdati) is a town of 3,700 people[1] in the Imereti region of western Georgia, at the edge of the Ajameti forest on the river Khanistsqali, a tributary of the Rioni.

Geography

The town is located at the edge of the Ajameti forest on the left bank of the river Khanistsqali, about 170 kilometres (110 mi) west-northwest of Tbilisi and 25 kilometres (16 mi) south-southeast of Kutaisi.

The climate of Baghdati can be classified as moderately humid subtropical (Köppen climate classification Cfa).

History

Khanistskali in Baghdati
Khanistskali in Baghdati

Baghdati is one of the oldest villages in the historical Imereti region.[citation needed] Its name shares the same origins as the name of the capital of Iraq, Baghdād: Bagh 'god' and dāti 'given', which can be translated as "God-given" or "God's gift" in the Pahlavi language. When Georgia was part of the Russian Empire and during the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic, its name was changed to Baghdadi (Russian: Багдади).[citation needed] In 1940, it was renamed Mayakovsky (Georgian: მაიაკოვსკი; Russian: Маяковский), after the poet Vladimir Mayakovsky who was born here in 1893.[2] In 1981, Mayakovsky was granted town status.[2] In 1991, slightly modified original name was restored.[2]

Demographics

Year Population
1959 4586
1970 4609
1979 4831
1989 5465
2002 4714
2009 4800
2014 3707
Note: Census data 1959–2014[1]

Economy

In Baghdati there is a furniture factory and companies in the food industry (canned food, wine). The nearest railway stations are located in Rioni and Kutaisi.

Culture

Baghdati has the Vladimir Mayakovsky Museum and a National Theatre.

Notable people

Notes

  1. ^ a b c National Statistics Office of Georgia, Population Census 2014
  2. ^ a b c Е. М. Поспелов (Ye. M. Pospelov). "Имена городов: вчера и сегодня (1917–1992). Топонимический словарь." (City Names: Yesterday and Today (1917–1992). Toponymic Dictionary.) Москва, "Русские словари", 1993, p. 30.