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  1. Georgia
  2. Tbilisi
  3. Jvari Monastery

Mtskheta: Day Tour to Oldest City in Georgia

Product ID: 186654
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Visit the oldest city of Georgia on this Mtskheta day trip. During the tour, you can enjoy panoramic aerial views of the mountains around Jvari Monastery and observe the confluence of the Aragvi and Mtkvari Rivers.
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Duration 4 hours
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Experience

Highlights
  • Discover Mtskheta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit the burial place of Christ's robe
  • Explore the city where Georgians accepted Christianity in 317
Full description
Visit Mtskheta, one of oldest cities of Georgia near Tbilisi. Mtskheta was the capital of the early Georgian Kingdom of Iberia from the 3rd century BC to the 5th century AD. Here Georgians accepted Christianity in 317 and, today, Mtskheta remains the headquarters of the Georgian Orthodox and Apostolic Church.

Experience Jvari Monastery, a Georgian Orthodox monastery of the 6th century near Mtskheta and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The name is translated as the "Monastery of Cross." The great church represents the peak of architectural typology. It is a true architectural masterpiece overlooking the confluence of Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers from the top of the hill.

Next, Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. Built in the 11th century, the site itself is even older and dates back to the early 4th century. It differs in its artistic value, magnificence, harmony and the special role it has played in the history. The monument has an elongated cross which appears to touch the sky. It was the main pilgrimage place on the Silk Road, the burial place of Christ's robe and the tomb place of Georgian Kings. The cathedral is the second largest church building in Georgia and is listed as a UNSECO World Heritage Site along with other historical monuments of Mtskheta.

Discover Samtavro Monastery complex, built in the 11th century. It contains the grave of Queen Nana and Mirian III and the King of Iberia, who established Christianity as an official religion in Georgia. The famous Georgian monk Gabrieli is buried inside the Samtavro church as well.

Don't forget to stop by Wine Degustation, where you can taste and buy Georgian wine!
Includes
  • Live commentary
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks

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Meeting point

Kote Abkhazi Street 44

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Important information
Know before you go
• Ladies need to please take a scarf to cover their heads when they visit the monastery
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Service
4.6/5
Organization
4.9/5
Value for money
4.6/5
Safety
4.9/5

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WST Company

Product ID: 186654