Statehood, which originated at the junction of the two greatest ancient empires of Persia and Byzantium. The pure spirit of Christianity that penetrated here in the first years after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. We go to the ancient stones of Mtskheta and the remains of the cave city Uplistsikhe, which is already 3000 years old … The history of the Georgian kingdom, its valiant people, betrayal of the weak in spirit, the greatness of wise rulers, fire, earthquakes, the clatter of military armor, the rustle of dress hems. This breath of past times, which has hardened the courage of the people for centuries, upholding faith and spirituality, is all that carries the genetic code of Georgians.
This is the first stop in our tour, which is just 30 minutes away from Tbilisi. On the one hand it is a highly popular viewpoint, that gives visitors opportunity to watch multicolor confluence of two rivers - Aragvi and Kura and panoramic landscape of antient Mtskheta on the opposite side.
On the other hand you find out more about historical and political situation in Georgian back to beginning of AD, as well as architectural aspects of situated there Jvari Monastry. That was dated by VI c. and became one of UNESCO heritage since 1994.
You will have free 15 minutes to take a lot of panoramic pictures there.
We continue our tour. And our next stop is in Mtskheta. This is an ancient capital of Georgia. Due to countless invaders and wars we had on this territory there are just limited remains of archeological sites, Cathedral and Temples and historical sketches of our neighbors witness past glory and history of this city.
While walking old city district you may enjoy diversity products of Souvenirs Market. Here you can buy Georgian spices, tea, enamel jewelries, t-shorts or many other souvenir thing for presents. Also you may delight your taste with pomegranate juice, wine made ice-cream or coffee on send.
You will be able to visit Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, that located in the historic part of Mtskheta. This is a masterpiece of the Early and High Middle Ages, it is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
You find our facts about Georgian history, some interesting details about world Christianity connected with this place. Understand what events contributed to the appearance and burial of some Christian shrines here.
Uplistsikhe - a rock-hewn town, one of the oldest settlements in the Caucasus with 3000 year history.
Nowadays, it is a historical-architectural museum-reserve. There are streets, squares, a sewer system, four gates, a secret tunnel that leads to the river Mtkvari, a fence, and so on. Nowadays, it is considered to be an open-air museum.
In the written sources it is first mentioned in the VII century. Archaeological and architectural monuments are preserved in Uplistsikhe and its surroundings, the oldest of which dates back to the Early Bronze Age and belongs to the Mtkvari-Araksi culture. The lower layer of Katlanikhevi is dates back to the end of the Middle Bronze Age. - 1 hour. Entry tickets are paid at place. USD5 per person.