Mtskheta-Mtianeti - region is the newest unit in the history of political-administrative dividing of Georgia. The regional centre is Mtskheta town, listed in the UNESCO protection. Region of Mtskheta- Mtianeti is very interesting for tourists with its history, culture, museums and churches-monasteries, which creates the great potency for development of cultural and pilgrim tourism. The beautiful nature of the region, natural monuments, protected territories, water-falls and other sightseeing creates the great conditions for developing of eco-tourism.
YOU WILL VISIT:
v Mtskheta - From the beginning of the 3rd century B.C. Mtskheta had become a political center of a newly formed Kartli (Iberia) Kingdom; its advantageous geographical location contributed to this fact. International trade route – the Silk Road had been passing through the town, along the River Mtkvari and River Aragvi.
v Svetitskhoveli Cathedral - is located in the town of Mtskheta. The cathedral is known as the burial site of Christ's mantle and was the site for coronation and burial of the kings of Georgia. The original Svetitskhoveli church, a basilica, was built in fourth century during the reign of King Mirian III of Kartli (Iberia)…
v Shiomgvime Monastery - stands on the slopes of the Sarkine (Skhaltba) range, on the left side of the Mtkvari, 9km west of Mtskheta. All essential buildings of the monastery are grouped around John the Baptist church built in 50-60-ies of VI century by one of the 13 Assyrian Fathers St. Shio Mgvimeli.
v Jvari Monastery - the masterpiece of Early Christian Orthodox architecture Jvari Monastery is dated 585-604 cc AD. Located on the hill top near the town Mtskheta, it is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 1994. The name is translated as the Monastery of the Cross. This complex contains several buildings from different periods including a classic Georgian cruciform church dating from the mid-6th century.