Mtskheta – the old capital

Bank of Georgia building @ Tbilisi

North of Tbilisi lies Mtskheta, one of the oldest towns of Georgia. For nearly a millennium, the large fortified city was the economical and political centre of the Kingdom of Iberia. It is considered the birthplace and one of the most vibrant centres of Christianity in Georgia. We visited Mtskheta on a Sunday and all the churches we visited were full of people.

Svetitskhoveli Cathedral – 11th century
Eastern facade
Khinkalis for lunch
Bell tower of the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral
Samtavro Monastery – 4th century
Tombs of King Mirian III and his wife Nana – 19th century
Jvari Monastery – 6th century
Jvari Monastery
Mtskheta – at the confluence of two rivers

We are now driving to the South of Georgia, hopefully finding some other sites than churches there. ;-). Find out on our next post.

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