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Mtskheta – Mtskheta is in UNESCO World Heritage Site list. Municipal area was settled in the early and middle Bronze Age and was the political center Iberia Kingdom. Only 20 kilometers far from Tbilisi, and at the confluence of the Aragvi and The Kura rivers, the city is located in an ancient trade route. According to the archaeologists’ unearthed evidence Mtskheta is the main trade center.
Greek and Aramaic writings are found in municipal lands, clay dish that you can see in the town museum. Ancient geographer Strabo described Mtskheta as a highly developed city with water supply system, markets and stone houses. Mtskheta was also the religious center, Pantheon, which are then replaced with churches, when St. Nino spread Christianity in Georgia. Although in the 6th century it became the capital of Georgia, Mtskheta remains the center of the Church – Catholic-Patriarch of Georgia here has the residence. Today, this beautiful and old city has a quiet atmosphere.
Bodbe monastery is located few kilometers away from Sighnagi. This beautiful monastery is one of the places where is buried St. Nino, who preached Christianity in Georgia. It is possible to pilgrimage to the grave – people say that the St. Nino can come wishes true.
Walking in the garden of the monastery gives an amazing sense of calm and relaxation. You can also see St.Nino source of healing and dive into the cold water.
Jvari Monastery – VI century Georgian Orthodox monastery- Jvari Monastery stands on a hill, in the opposite side of the old capital of Georgia – Mtskheta, where The Aragvi river connects to the Mtkvari. After acceptance of Christianity from the early years on this place the first Christian King Mirian III put a high wooden cross. In the second half of the VI century, the ruler of Kartli Guarami built a small church next to the cross. The church is on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.