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July 31, 2018 4229

Mtskheta-Mtianeti

Mtskheta or "Second Jerusalem" is located 25 km from Tbilisi. The history of the city is more than 2500 years old. Recently it was restored with preservation of original and unique style. The main attraction of the city is the oldest cathedral of Svetitskhoveli.

The temple of Jvari with an incredible panorama of the area is on the top of the mountain, near Mtskheta. It is distinguished by its architectural exclusiveness and belongs to the monuments of UNESCO World Heritage. It was here that the first cross of the Illuminator of Georgia, Saint Nina, was erected.

The most interesting historical object, not far from the town of Gori, is the cave town Uplistsikhe. Carved into the rock 700 caves, 150 of which have survived to this day, were built in the II - early I centuries BC.

Approximately 60 km from Tbilisi is the Ananur Castle. It was erected in the 16th-17th centuries. on the banks of the Aragvi River in order to protect Aragvi feudal lords from internecine attacks. Ananuri is on the Georgian Military Road, so do not miss the chance to visit the incredible beauty facility and relax in the atmosphere of summer coolness and greenery at its foot - the Zhinvali Reservoir.

Also, on the Military Georgian road there is a resort area with picturesque nature and mountain ranges - Kazbegi. This place can rightfully be considered the European center of mountaineering because of fascinating ascent to Kazbek. Other places of interest are the Sameba Church in Gergeti and the house-museum of writer Alexander Kazbegi. Mountain ski resort Gudauri, near the Cross Pass, is of interest to the many fans of extreme tourism. Not a city - a dream for freeriders, incredible landscapes and mesmerizing flights over the gorge on the paraglider!