Baghdati

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Baghdati
ბაღდათი
Town
Baghdati
Baghdati
Baghdati
Baghdati
Coordinates: 42°04′14″N 42°49′26″E / 42.070599°N 42.823961°E / 42.070599; 42.823961Coordinates: 42°04′14″N 42°49′26″E / 42.070599°N 42.823961°E / 42.070599; 42.823961
Country Georgia
Region Imereti
District Baghdati
Elevation 250 m (820 ft)
Population (2009)
 • Total 4,800
  [1]
Time zone Georgian Time (UTC+4)
Climate Cfa

Baghdati (Georgian: ბაღდათი) is a town of 4,800 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[edit]

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

Climate[edit]

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

History[edit]

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, Baghdad: هدیه Bag "god" and خدا dāti "given", which can be translated as "God-given" or "God's gift" in old Persian. 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[edit]

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

Economy[edit]

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[edit]

Baghdati has the Vladimir Mayakovsky Museum and a National Theatre.

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

A church in Baghdati

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Statistical Yearbook of Georgia 2009 (ZIP).
  2. ^ a b c Pospelov, p. 30

Sources[edit]

  • 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.