Today I will take you on a Mtskheta Day trip from Tbilisi Georgia. Read more on the best things to do near Tbilisi
Mtskheta – Ancient Capital of Eastern Georgia from 3rd century B.C. to 5th century B.C. houses outstanding medieval religious architectures. Mtskheta is also known as “Holy City” of Georgia. Mtskheta is a very small city and is located approximately 25 km(30 minutes drive) from the present capital city of Tbilisi.
Mtskheta is located at the confluence of Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers, making its location very strategic, and also soil of Mtskheta is very fertile and a suitable place for habitats from ancient times. Also, Mtskheta was a famous stopover during ancient trade routes.
Now Let’s Explore lanes of the antique 5th century, during the Mtskheta Day Trip from Tbilisi –We started early from Kazbegi to Tbilisi and on the way planned for the Mtskheta trip. This can be done from Tbilisi on the way to Kazbegi or Uplistsikhe.
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Jvari Monastery (Monastery of Cross)
Jvari can be translated into “The Monastery of the Cross”. Jvari is a 6th-century monastery with a cross shape(hence got its name) and located on the highest clifftop of Mtskheta with stunning views of the confluence of rivers Agravi and Mtkvari, as well as Mtskheta town. Jvari is a UNESCO-listed site. That is why Mtskheta Day trip from Tbilisi is really perfect.
Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (Curing Pillar Cathedral) – Day trips from Tbilisi
The most famous and biggest cathedral in Georgia. This 10th-century structure has survived many harsh conditions. Also, this cathedral is listed in UNESCO World heritage sites. Svetitskhoveli is a significant religious center for centuries due to one belief associated with it. There is a legend that a robe of Jesus Christ was buried within the premises. Also, there is a pillar inside the cathedral, known for curing diseases upon touching it.
Samtavro Monastery (Place of ruler)
It is a spiritual and famous landmark of Mtskheta which was built in the 4th century but, this monastery was severely damaged by earthquakes many times. It was reconstructed in the 15th & 19th centuries. Also, this is a nunnery of St. Nino.
Gvinis Plata – Mtskheta Day trip from Tbilisi
Georgian tradition theme restaurant offers stunning views of monasteries and scenic landscapes. Also famous among wine enthusiasts. This restaurant is spread over 4 floors and each floor has a different theme and décor. Like the Ground floor is for understanding the making of Georgian wines from grapes, the second floor with many a variety of wines and offers the chance to learn the process of baking the authentic Georgian bread – Shoti Puri all with live Georgian music and folk dances. From the top floor, breathtaking views of Mtskheta can be enjoyed. Do not miss this themed restaurant during your Mtskheta Day trip from Tbilisi.
Bebris Tsikhe – Mtskheta Day trip from Tbilisi
It is an ancient castle spread over 1500 sq.m. located on the mountain top of north Mtskheta. Though this castle is ruined, the views from the top are amazing. That is why it is recommended in your Mtskheta Day trip from Tbilisi.
There are many more monasteries named Shio Mgvime, Armazi in Mtskheta. In short, Mtskheta is the religious/spiritual capital of Georgia.
Tips for Mtskheta Day Trip from Tbilisi – Best things to do near Tbilisi
- Adults should not wear shorts or dresses above the knees inside monasteries.
- Women must cover their heads when entering Orthodox churches. Scarves can be borrowed(free of cost ) on entrance and returned back there only.
- Check for clear weather before heading to Mtskheta, as many monasteries are on mountain-tops with stunning views.
- Traditional Georgian gifts can be purchased from Mtskheta like handmade dolls or authentic Georgian wines.
- Hotel or Guest-House stay in Mtskheta is cheaper than Staying in Tbilisi. Some people prefer to stay in Mtskheta as it is only 25 km from Tbilisi.
- You can take Marshrutka (mini Bus) from Didube – Tbilisi’sBus stand for 2 to 4 USD. Then in the city, you have to walk a lot. A taxi is available in Mtskheta city center for visiting all monasteries and you can pay around 10 GEL for the trip but it depends on hours and how much you make them wait. Many private guided tours run from Tbilisi. A private taxi with a guide can be hired. I hired a local guide cum driver with a private car to visit all the places.
After Mtskheta, one can return back to Tbilisi but can go for Ananuri fort on the Northern side or Uplitsikhe Cave town tour on the western side.
I covered the Mtskheta day trip while going to Kazbegi city, as Mtskheta lies on the Georgian Military Highway running through the mountains to the Russian border. If you are staying in Mtskheta then check some stays below on the map –
If you are going to Georgia in October then do not miss Georgian Air Balloon Competition.
There are many day tours from Tbilisi like – Day trips from Tbilisi
2.) Winery tour
So, till then KEEP TRAVELING……………… KEEP EXPLORING……………………………………………………
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