Discover two capitals of Georgia .
Within one day you will visit two cities that are in 20 km distance from each other and see the whole variety and beauty of them. The capital of Georgia – Tbilisi, is the ancient multicultural city. Here you will be captivated by a thrilling blend of eastern enigma and western elegance. The traditions of the East and West meet here to form a culture unlike any other in the world. During the tour we take you to the places that will show you old capital Mtskheta . You can take a glance to the history of the city from early centuries to nowadays by walking in narrow streets of the city and exploring the religious and secular architecture.
09:30 am ,our guide and Driver will meet you at your hotel and drive to old Town Mtskheta . Mtskheta is one of the oldest towns and the cultural and religious centre of Georgia. Mtskheta was the capital of the Eastern Georgian Kingdom of Iberia from the third century BC.
Holy Trinity Sameba Catherdral- the main Georgian Christian Orthodox cathedral, it is the largest religious building not only in Georgia but in the region of South Caucasus, and is listed among the largest Orthodox churches in the world. The cathedral was constructed between 1995 and 2004, as a “symbol of the Georgian national and spiritual revival”.
Next stop is Metekhi. According to the annals, in the 5th century, the king Vakhtang Gorgasali built here the first church and a fort of Tbilisi, which also served as the royal residence. The first church symbolically resembled the church built on Virgin Mary’s tomb in Gethsemane garden in Jerusalem.
Next stop is Narikala fortress, where we will take the cable car and move up to the fortress and enjoy with its amazing architecture and historical sites. According the history the structure was established in the 4th century as a Sasanian citadel called Shuris-tsikhe ( “Invidious Fort”). It was considerably expanded by the Umayyads in the 7th century and later, by king David the Builder (1089–1125). The Mongols renamed it “Narin Qala” (i.e., “Little Fortress”). Most of extant fortifications date from the 16th and 17th centuries. In 1827, parts of the fortress were damaged by an earthquake and demolished. Guests can walk around the castle. From Narikala Fortress you can see two extremely different views.
From Narikala fortress we will walk down to Abanotubani. According to legend, this place became the reason for the founding of Tbilisi in the 5th century AD. Sulfur water flows naturally from the soil in the Abanotubani area and supplies about 3,000,000 liters of water daily and its average temperature is 47 °. Right in the middle of the capital you can enjoy by the beauty of Leghvtakhevi Waterfall.
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