Mtskheta –Shiomghvime -
One day tour in Mtskheta and Shiomghvime
Departure to the ancient, historic capital of Georgia – Mtskheta, which is included into the list of UNESCO World Culture Heritage.
During the tour you can visit the following sights:
- The Jvari Monastery (VI Century architecturally refined temple, matching the surrounding nature. From here the great panoramic view opens over the river gorge of the Mtkvari and the town of Mtkheta);
- The Armazi Castle (ancient settlement, the oldest layers of which are dated back to the IV – III centuries B. C. There are the ancient Romanian baths and the church, belonging to the antique period, there stood the pagan idol, with the residential halls, ancient cellar and the remains of other buildings);
- Svetitskhoveli (the great complex of the cross dome church, where the greatest sacred objects for the whole Christian world are buried - Lord’s tunic and the cloak of profit Eliah).
Lunch and departure towards the Shiomghvime Monastery (12 km. from the town of Mtskheta);
- The Shiomghvime Monastery (VI-XX Century great architectural complex, consisting of several temples. The remains of cave complex are preserved here; there lived the monks of the monastery. The monastery was founded by one of the Thirteen Assyrian fathers – Father Shio, who came to Georgia for converting the country to Christianity. He used to live in the cave, from which the name of this monastery – Shiomghvime - has been originated (the Cave of Shio);
Back to Tbilisi.