Mtskheta Cruise

Posted on March 6, 2017. Filed under: Around Georgia, Mtskheta |

By Tika Bujiashvili

Mtskheta, a former capital city of Georgia, hosts tourists almost all over the world any time of the year. The historic churches of Mtskheta, which show the high artistic and cultural level attained by this ancient kingdom, are outstanding examples of medieval religious architecture in the Caucasus. Being also a UNESCO World Heritage Site becomes the city one of the tourist attraction places. Mostly visited places are Jvari Monastery, Svetitskhoveli and Samtavro.

After two-hour historical tour, tourists really need a relaxation to feel the history better. So, Mtskheta Cruise is the best place for that. Five min walk from Svetitskhoveli to Antioqia monastery and another amazing tour is waiting for you…

Mtskheta Cruise offers tourist a 30 min cruise (boat) trip on the river Mtkvari.  You will find absolutely different Mtskheta with the most spectacular views of the landscape and historical buildings even in wintertime.

During the trip the guide can give you extra information about the places on the way.

In a small café you can have a little snack and enjoy with the picturesque views of the site. There will also be wine tasting with Georgian cheese and other desserts.

See Also: Mtskheta

Mtskheta Svetitskhoveli, Antioqia, Samtavro, Jvari

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Mtskheta Svetitskhoveli, Antioqia, Samtavro, Jvari

Posted on February 8, 2017. Filed under: Around Georgia, Mtskheta |

Mtskheta was the ancient capital of Kartli, the East Georgian Kingdom from the III century BC to the V century AD, and was also the location where Christianity was proclaimed as the official religion of Georgia in 337. Today, it still remains the headquarters of the Georgian Orthodox and Apostolic Church.

After the VI century AD, when the capital was transferred to Tbilisi, Mtskheta continued to retain its leading role as one of the important cultural and spiritual centres of the country.

The Holy Cross Monastery of Jvari, Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, Antioqia Monastery and Samtavro Monastery are key monuments of medieval Georgia. The present churches include the remains of earlier buildings on the same sites, as well as the remains of ancient wall paintings.

The complex of the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral in the centre of the town includes the cathedral church, the palace and the gates of the Katolikos Melchizedek that date from the 11th century, built on the site of earlier churches dating back to the 5th century. The cruciform cathedral is crowned with a high cupola over the crossing, and there are remains of important wall paintings in the interior. The rich sculpted decoration of the elevations dates from various periods over its long history.

The small domed church of the Samtavro Monastery was originally built in the 4th century and has since been subject to various restorations. The main church of the monastery was built in the early 11th century. It contains the grave of Mirian III, the king of Iberia who established Christianity as official religion in Georgia.

At the confluence of the Aragvi and Mtkvari Rivers there was a small church which later in the historical sources was mentioned as Antioqia. In the records of Vakhushti Batonishvili, the church was built by King Archil, a grandfather of Vakhtang Gorgasali. According to Morris Vagner, a German traveller, in the beginning of XIX century Antioqia church was still functional. Later in 2002 a Nunnery was opened at the church and now the church is functional.

The Holy Cross Monastery of Jvari was built in VI century on a hill opposite Mtskheta.  Shortly after the adoption of Christianity, King Mirian III erected an enormous wooden cross on this site. In the II half of the VI century Guaram, the ruler of Kartli, built a small church beside the Holy Cross.

Tika Bujiashvili

Source: Historical Monuments of Mtskheta

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Shiomghvime Monastery Complex

Posted on February 2, 2017. Filed under: Around Georgia, Mtskheta |

ShioMghvime is located in a narrow limestone canyon near Mtskheta (13km) at about 30 km away from Tbilisi.The Monastery complex consist of several buildings: Cave-church, St. John the Baptist Church, the bell tower, Shio’s cemetery-church, St. Mary’s Cathedral with a tower, refectory, rock-cut caves, monks residential buildings and spring.

The story of establishment of the ShioMgvime monastery goes back to the VI century when one of the Thirteen Syrian Fathers, monk Shio, chose a dark isolated cave to live in. St. Shio is said to have spent his last years as a hermit in the cave subsequently named Shio Mghvime (“the Cave of Shio”) after him. His grave is still visible there today. In XI century a church was built over Shio’s tomb by Michael, the abbot of the monastery.

According to the legend Shio was fed by pigeons. Evagrius noticed the pigeon while hunting and followed it. The pigeon brought him to Shio. After talking for a while Evagrius decided to become a monk. You can even see an underground cave of St Evagrius in the complex.

The story of the spring, which today is known as “The Monk’s tears” is connected to Shio’s name too. Monks usually fetched water from the river Mtkvari. Once, a monk while fetching water from the river, broke his pottery and started crying. Shio said to the Monk not to cry as the God would make a little spring instead of his tears.

The oldest church, the Monastery of St. John the Baptist, dates back to 560-580 and is the simple cruciform building with octagonal dome.

The domed church of the Assumption of the Virgin was built by David the Builder but in 1668 three nave basilica Church was built by Givi Amilakhori on a fully destroyed church.

A refectory was built between XII-XVII centuries. A XVII century small chapel adorned with medieval murals stands separately on a nearby hill.

The monastery complex was closed during the Soviet period. It is now functional and attracts many pilgrims and tourists.

The main highlights nearby are Svetitskhoveli, Jvari Monastery, Samtavro.

Tika Bujiashvili

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Discover Georgia in Mtskheta

Posted on January 31, 2017. Filed under: Mtskheta, Videos |

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Posted on January 30, 2017. Filed under: Around Georgia, Mtskheta |

Mtskheta is one of the tourist attraction places in Georgia. Besides the fact that Mtskheta is 20 min drive from Tbilisi, it is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a must see place for the tourists.

Mtskheta has been inhabited since 1000 BC and was once the capital of the early Kingdom of Iberia. Mtskheta was also the religious centre of the country with a number of VI century churches.

Tourist attraction sites are: Jvari Monastery, Svetitskhoveli, Samtavro and Shio Mghvime. The tour takes 4-5 hours and is spectacular not only in summer, but in winter too with beautiful blue snowy mountains…

Thank you to Discover Georgia – a multi-profile travel agency to offer start-up info tours to Women In Tourism Business and help to develop tourism industry in the country.

See also: Shiomghvime Monastery Complex

Mtskheta Svetitskhoveli, Antioqia, Samtavro, Jvari

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