During her trip to Racha, U.S. Ambassador Kelly Degnan paid a visit to the Nikortsminda Cathedral. Between 1010 and 1014, Bagrat III of Georgia – the founding monarch of the unified Kingdom of Georgia – built Nikortsminda Cathedral. It was later repaired in 1534 by Imereti’s King Bagrat III. The Cathedral is on the tentative list as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The U.S. Department of State assists eligible nations around the world with the preservation and protection of significant archaeological sites, the preservation and restoration of ancient and historic structures, the assessment and conservation of rare manuscripts and museum collections, and the documentation of indigenous languages, music, dance, and other traditional forms of expression.