A day tour to Mtskheta covers the most notable places of the city. You will visit the Jvari, Svetitskhoveli, and Shio Mgvime monasteries.
Mtskheta was the ancient capital of East Georgia beginning in the IV century BC. After moving the political center to Tbilisi, Mtskheta remained a spiritual center of the country. It became a political center in the X-IX centuries while Tbilisi was occupied by Arabs and was known as the Tbilisi emirate. Currently, it is a little town 15 km from Tbilisi. The trip covers the most important monuments in Mtskheta:
Shio Mgvime monastery is located 15 km from Mtskheta. The first monastic community in this place was founded in the 6th century by monk Shio. He was one of the Thirteen Assyrian Fathers who came to Georgia as Christian missionaries. St. Shio spent his last years as a hermit in a deep cave named Shiomghvime (the Cave of Shio). This place quickly turned into the biggest monastic community in Georgia. By the end of the 6th century, more than 2000 monks were living here. According to history, enemies destroyed this monastery several times. Nevertheless, it is still functional and attracts many pilgrims and tourists.
After an interesting day day tour to Mtskheta, we return to Tbilisi.
Upon your request, you can also have a wine tasting in Iago’s winery. The owner produces bio wines according to ancient Georgian technologies. Here you will learn the history of Georgian winemaking. You will also be able to taste various wines and enjoy a real Georgian ‘supra’.
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