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Full day trip to Mtskheta, Gori & Uplistsikhe

Transfer to the ancient capital of Georgia - Mtskheta. The city was founded in the I century BC and was the capital for eight centuries before the V century BC Landmarks in Mtskheta listed as world cultural heritage and are under protection of UNESCO. A visit to the Cathedral of Mtskheta, which holds the greatest relic of the Georgian Church - Heaton Lord and Jvari monastery on top of a mountain,offering regal views over the city. This is the place that inspired the poet Lermontov's poem to create a "Novice."
Drive to Gori.Visiting the museum of Stalin. Visit one of the rarest monuments in the world - ancient cave city Uplistsikhe, carved into the volcanic rock ridge Kvernaki. The rock had been carved hundreds of different structures - temples, public buildings, houses, streets, squares, etc. The cave city remained an outstanding two-column reception room of Queen Tamara, with arched niches and huge pylons. Uplistsikhe was a cult temple town, close to the center of pagan acceptance of Christianity by Georgia (IV in.). There were all kinds of pagan rituals, sacrifices. Then it began to build Christian churches.

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Entrance Fee
Hotel Pick up and drop Off

Exclusion : Guide

Services of Guide is not included (Chauffeurs in Georgia take customers around the places of interest and they can’t be a substitute of Guide. So in order to make the tours more informative and experiential .we highly recommend the services of Professional English speaking Guide. Please let us know well in time to arrange guide for your valued customers)

 

One day trip to Mtskheta, Gori & Uflistsikhe (Total Duration : 8 hrs 00 mins)

You will visit Mtskheta – the ancient capital of Georgia to enjoy the amazing beauty of the architecture of such ancient monasteries as Jvari and Svetitskhoveli. You will also do one of the oldest settlements in Georgia and end your journey in Gori, the city situated in the scenic Kartli valley.

Mtskheta

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Mtskheta was founded in the 5th century BC.It was capital of the early Georgian Kingdom of Iberia (Kartli) from the 3rd century BC to the 5th century AD. It was a site of early Christian activity, and the location where Christianity was proclaimed the state religion of Kartli in 337. It remains the headquarters of the Georgian Orthodox Church.

King Dachi I Ujarmeli (early 6th century AD), who was the successor of Vakhtang I Gorgasali, moved the capital from Mtskheta to the more easily defensible Tbilisi according to the will left by his father. However, Mtskheta continued to serve as the coronation and burial place for most kings of Georgia until the end of the kingdom in the 19th century.[citation needed]

The old city lies at the confluence of the rivers Mtkvari and Aragvi. The rare blend of cultural values had ruled in this part of the world since the Bronze Age until prosperous Christian era over the unique eclectic lifestyle creating the mood of the town which is as old as the history of Georgia. Mtskheta is the most religious city of Georgia as it has been the shrine of pagan idols since times immemorial and it is where Christianity in Georgia takes its origin.[citation needed]

In recognition of its role in the Georgian Christian history, Mtskheta was granted the status of a "Holy City" by Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of Georgia in accordance of the written testament of his 11th-century predecessor Melchizedek I of Georgia.

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Gori

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Gori is a city in eastern Georgia, which serves as the regional capital of Shida Kartli and the centre of the homonymous administrative district. The name is from Georgian gora , that is, "heap", or "hill".

Gori was an important military stronghold in the Middle Ages and maintains a strategic importance due to its location on the principal highway connecting eastern and western parts of Georgia. In the course of its history, Gori has been invaded by the armies of regional powers several times. The city was occupied by Russian troops during the 2008 Russia–Georgia war.

Gori is also known as the birthplace of the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, ballistic missile designer Alexander Nadiradze and philosopher Merab Mamardashvili.

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Uplistsikhe

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Opening Time : 09HH:00MM
Closing Time : 18HH:00MM
Duration : 1 hrs 0 min

 

Uplistsikhe is identified by archaeologists as one of the oldest urban settlements in Georgia. Strategically located in the heartland of ancient kingdom of Kartli (or Iberia as it was known to the Classical authors), it emerged as a major political and religious center of the country. The town’s age and importance led medieval Georgian written tradition to ascribe its foundation to the mythical Uplos, son of Mtskhetos, and grandson of Kartlos.

With the Christianization of Kartli early in the 4th century, Uplistsikhe seems to have declined in its importance and lost its position to the new centers of Christian culture – Mtskheta and, later Tbilisi. However, Uplistsikhe reemerged as a principal Georgian stronghold during the Muslim conquest of Tbilisi in the 8th and 9th century. The Mongol raids in the 14th century marked the ultimate eclipse of the town; it was virtually abandoned, and only occasionally used as a temporary shelter in times of foreign intrusions.

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