Mtskheta – is by any doubt a unique and picturesque place located just around 30 km from Tbilisi at the confluence of the Mtkvari and Aragvi rivers. No wonder it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. An old town inhabited since 1 thousand years BC and a former capital before Tbilisi where it was moved at the beginning of the VI century due to better defensive position. Archaeologists have unearthed evidence of Mtskheta’s status as a major trading post from which most are currently on show in the town’s museum.
The city was highly developed, even had working water supply system, markets and stone houses. This city was also a religious center of the city, however, after conversion to Christianity in around 337 AD most of the pagan shrines were converted into churches.
Even after moving the title of capital to Tbilisi, Mtskheta continued to be the coronation and burial place of Kartvelian kings. Also, the seat of the Patriarch, who is also known as the Bishop of Mtskheta. Nowadays, in here you get that laid-back village feel and can relax in the lovely old town especially compared to the more hectic pace of Tbilisi.
For us this lovely city still remains the city with a name which is truly difficult to pronounce.
Best of luck planning your holidays in Mtskheta!
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