Mtskheta, an exceptional choice for a day’s walk, where you can see Jvari Monastery, the symbol of Christianity coming to and spreading through Georgia, go visit Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, shining with especial beauty, and take time for the Samtavro Monastery Complex, and head to Shiomghvime Monastery, built in the 6th century.
1Shio Mghvime Monastery
The Shio Mghvime Monastery near Mtskheta began its history in the 6th century, when Saint Shio - one of the founding fathers of Christianity in Georgia - arrived to the region from Syria and started building a church.
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.