If you want to see Uplistsikhe, one of the oldest settlements in the Caucasus, go visit Jvari Monastery on the top of a rocky mountain, browse around a historical fortress, and see the spectacular Georgian church of Svetitskhoveli, then you must plan a one-day tour through Shida Kartli and Mtskheta.
Gori Fortress was one of Georgia’s main citadels, dating back as far as the 13th century, with evidence of human habitation stretching back as far as the first millennium BCE. Sitting atop a rocky hill in the centre of Gori, it is an Immovable Cultural Monument of National Significance and a popular tourist attraction.
You may not be surprised to learn that a country with such a rich history as Georgia is also home to a remarkable number of legends, some of which might even be true! Svetitskhoveli is a place that has preserved numerous legends and secrets for the modern generation to unravel and enjoy.
3Jvari Monastery – A Step Forward for Georgian Architecture
To the east of the city of Mtskheta, Jvari Monastery stands atop a rocky cliff, looking down upon Mtskheta like a stoic guardian. An outstanding monument of Georgian architecture, the name and location of the church are no coincidence, since this is where Saint Nino set up her wooden cross in the 4th century.
A popular day trip from Tbilisi, historic Mtskheta is sometimes called “Little Jerusalem” on account of the town’s immense cultural and religious significance. The former Georgian capital is also the seat of the Georgian church, and is a veritable living museum with all of the historic sites in and around the town.
During your visit to Georgia, you must explore Uplistsikhe - a town carved into the cliffside that used to be an important spiritual center. From the cliffs, you might spot the ruined houses on the river bank and wonder who lived there…