Mtskheta, Georgia

Ancient city Mtskheta is one of the oldest cities of the country of Georgia, is located approximately 20 kilometers north of Tbilisi at the confluence of the Aragvi and Kura rivers. Mtskheta is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. The city (population 19,423) is now the administrative centre of the region. Due to its historical significance and numerous ancient monuments, the “Historical Monuments of Mtskheta” became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Alley of Mtskheta Town

Alley of Mtskheta Town

Alley of Mtskheta Town

Alley of Mtskheta Town

General street of Mtskheta is quiet and clean.

Heading for Svetitskhoveli Cathedral

Heading for Svetitskhoveli Cathedral

Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (historical  Georgian Orthodox  church: “the Living Pillar Cathedral”) is in the town of Mtskheta.

Svetitskhoveli Cathedral

Svetitskhoveli Cathedral

Svetitskhoveli is known as the burial site of Christ’s mantle, and has long been the principal Georgian church and remains one of the most venerated places of worship to this day.

Facade of Svetitskhoveli Cathedral

Facade of Svetitskhoveli Cathedral

The current cathedral was built in the 11th century by the Georgian architect, though the site itself is even older dating back to the early 4th century.

Main altar of Svetitskhoveli Cathedral

Main altar of Svetitskhoveli Cathedral

The original church was built in 4th century A.D. during the reign of Mirian III of Kartli Kingdom. St. Nino is said to have chosen the confluence of the Kura and Aragvi rivers as the place of the first Georgian Church.

Churchyard and the bell-tower of Svetitskhoveli Cathedral

Churchyard and the bell-tower of Svetitskhoveli Cathedral

Churchyard of the cathedral was wide and to feel comfortable. After Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, I went to Jvari Monastery on the hilltop.

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