Mtskheta – the ancient capital of Georgia. This is a small charming a town whose historical sites have a huge national importance and included in the list of World UNESCO heritage. I want to introduce you to this wonderful city and its most interesting places in the form of a small walk.
Mtskheta was founded around the 5th century BC. In the 4th century The capital of the Georgian kingdom of Kartli was moved here. Mtskheta is located just 20 km from Tbilisi, so get here not difficult.
Svetitskhoveli – one of the most beautiful and famous temple of Georgia. It was founded in the 9th century and is the largest sacral structure. among the medieval churches of the country. In the cathedral are stored numerous Christian relics, among them – the mantle Christ The Old Georgian King Vakhtang Gorgasal and other historical figures.
Along the perimeter, Svetitskhoveli is surrounded by walls that were built in the 18th century.
Mtskheta street along the Svetitskhoveli wall
In the area of the cathedral you can buy numerous traditional products: wine, churchkhela, chacha, as well as food.
If you walk down the street from Svetitskhoveli towards Kura, you can see the small old church of the 4th century Antioch. This is one of The oldest sacred buildings of Georgia.
Popular among tourists is the ancient monastery of Samtavro. He was founded in the 4th century and holds important relics.
Jvari is one of the legendary places of Mtskheta, an ancient monastery on high hill at the confluence of the waters of Aragvi and Kura, sung by M.Yu. Lermontov. It was built in the 6th century in the place where St. Nina hoisted the cross.
A beautiful panorama of Mtskheta opens from the top of the Jvari Monastery, where the green waters of Aragvi are mixed with the gray waters of the Kura.