A day tour to Mtskheta covers the most notable places of the city. You will see important sites – Jvari Svetitskhoveli, and Shio Mgvime monasteries.
First of all, we will visit Mtskheta. It’s been the ancient capital of East Georgia since 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 still occupied by Arabs and 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 at this place was founded in the 6th-century by monk Shio. Therefore, 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”) after him. This place quickly turned into the largest 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 Gori and Uplistsikhe finishes and we return to Tbilisi.
In case of 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. Also, will be able to taste wines, and enjoy real Georgian ‘supra’.
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