Mtskheta is one of the ancient cities in Georgia. It was the former capital of the early Georgian Kingdom of Iberia. Located not far from Tbilisi, Mtskheta is one of the favorite destinations of many tourists. If you want to explore this old city and surroundings rent a car via Enterprise Rent-A-Car and spend a whole day in Mtskheta. You can get there driving on a Tbilisi-Senaki-Leselidze highway. The road condition is quite perfect. The weather in Mtskheta is quite different. The summers are warm and winters are cold enough and partly cloudy.
Before you start your one-day trip to Mtskheta check our tips, they will be helpful to organize your day there. Here are things to do in Mtskheta:
Visit Jvari Monastery
“Once, not so many years ago,
where soundingly together flow
Aragva and Kura— the place
where, like two sisters, they embrace—
there stood a monastery”
This is a part of the “The Novice” poem written by famous Russian poet Mikheil Lermontov. This part shows the place where the Jvary Monastery is located. Look around the church and do not miss the place you can see Kura and Aragvi rivers’ meeting as well the entire city of Mtskheta. Jvary is a 6th-century monastery in the shape of a cross. The monastery is listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO.
Explore Svetitskhoveli Cathedral
Svetitskhoveli Cathedral is the second-largest cathedral in Georgia. Every year on the 14th of October Orthodox Christians in Georgia are celebrating Mtskhetoba-Svetitskhovloba, a celebration of Georgia’s ancient capital city and its legendary cathedral. The temple is listed on UNESCO World Heritage due to its glorious architecture.