Mtskheta

Mtskheta

The former capital of Georgia, has some outstanding examples of mediaeval
religious architecture. Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. The site is
believed to have been settled since around 3000-2000 BC. Its mild climate, and its
fertile soil together with its strategic location at the confluence of
the Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers made it an ideal home for human habitation. It also
became an important stopping point on the ancient trade routes and was a
significant site of early Christian activity. Mtskheta was the capital of the early
Georgian Kingdom of Iberia, from the 3rd century BC until the 5th century AD. At
the beginning of the 6th century, King Dachi I Ujarmeli moved the capital from
Mtskheta to Tbilisi, in accordance with his father’s will.
   One of its most important monuments is Samtavro (the Place of the Ruler), where
a small domed church was originally constructed in the 4th century. The grave of
Mirian, the Georgian king who adopted Christianity, lies within the church. Another
significant religious site is the Svetitskhoveli church. Built on the site of a wooden
church, the complex includes an 11th century cathedral. Originally its interior was
decorated with wall paintings, but these were whitewashed over. Recently
fragments of the original paintings have reemerged from below the whitewash
covering.
   Next to Mtsheta, on top of a hill above the Aragvi river is the Mtskhetis Jvari. This
complex contains several buildings from different periods including a classic
Georgian cruciform church dating from the mid-6th century. There are beautiful
views from here.
  The price depends on the size of the group and the tour package. Please feel free
to contact us and plan your tailor made tour in the old capital city of Georgia.

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