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The List of Recommended Things to do in Mtskheta-Mtianeti

By Shrinivas - July 21, 2020
Mtskheta, Georgia

Mtskheta-Mtianeti is a region in eastern Georgia consisting of the town of Mtskheta, which together with its district and adjacent mountainous areas serves as the regional capital. Since 1992 the western part is controlled by the breakaway of South Ossetian Republic and Independent Georgia.

National nature reserves Saguramo, Pshav-Khevsureti, and Kazbegi are located in the district. The region ‘s principal charm is the Caucasus Ridge with peaks and passes between 3500 metres and 5000 metres. The climate is moderately humid in the Lowlands of Mtskheta-Mtianeti. Winters are slightly cool, and there are dry, long summers. The mean annual temperature is 11, and below 0 in January. In the mountains, there is a fairly humid climate, hence it is not so characterized for real summers. It is located above 3300-3400 metres with fresh air filled with snow and glaciers. Here is a list of top things to do in Mtskheta-Mtianeti.

Also read: National Parks in Georgia That Nature Lovers Should Explore

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Popular things to do in Mtskheta-Mtianeti

Visit Gergeti Trinity Church

Gergeti Trinity Church, one of Georgia’s most famous views, stands on a mountain peak, surrounded by large ranges of gentle hills and valleys. It features just a few colours depending on the season, from grass and sky to snow and rugged cliffs in the background. Walk to the church or take a taxi to this remote spot, at 2170 metres (7120 feet) above sea level. Breathe in the fresh mountain air and listen to the beautiful sounds of nature. View the Orthodox red stone church from up close and snap photos of the majestic site from the 14th century. Be sure to comfortably dress up for this rugged windy spot. This one of the top 10 things to do in Mtskheta-Mtianeti.

Visit Jvari Church

Located at the confluence of the rivers Mtkvari and Aragvi, the Jvari Church which is a World Heritage Site sits alone on top of a desolate, windswept mountaintop. A Georgian Orthodox monastery established in the 6th century, the location is where St. Nino converted Queen Miriam (according to tradition) to Christianity and built a ‘cross’ on an existing pagan temple. It’s assumed that the present church was built between 590 and 605 CE. Explore this section to get a sense about the nation’s theological past. Attempt to interpret the inscription on the exterior, which is supposed to date the construction by listing the major builders involved in the project.

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Jvari Church
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Visit Svetitskhoveli Cathedral

Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, a World Heritage Site, dates back to the 4th century and is the legendary burial site of the mantle of Jesus Christ. Visit the site to know the tale that follows the argument of the cloth burial spot, which includes purchasing it after the crucifixion of Christ. For several of the kings of Georgia the church, built by St. Nino, was the coronation and burial place. It’s one amongst the recommended things to do in Mtskheta-Mtianeti.

Visit Kazbek

Situated along the Caucasus Chain, this place offers opportunities for serious hiking, either independently or through a guided tour. A dormant volcano, having a characteristic conical form, rising 5,034 metres (16,516 feet ) above sea level, which has many glaciers, makes up most of the journey while you’re ascending. Travel across a flower-studded alpine meadow and climb up glaciers and snowy ledges for views of Georgia and Russia to hit the top. Come equipped if you want to ascend. The ascent and descent take about eight days and needs glacier-rated mountain climbing gear.

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Historic Sites in Mtskheta-Mtianeti Region

Visit Samtavro Church

Part of a monastery complex, the Church of Samtavro attracts tourists with its ancient wall paintings and tombs of Georgia’s first King and Queen. While much of the complex dates back to the 11th century, it is said that in the 4th century the foundations were established. Within it, you will enjoy the dome roof made from stone without assistance from the land. The walls of this church represent biblical events. Visiting the church makes it one amongst the best things to do in Mtskheta-Mtianeti.

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Nature in Mtskheta-Mtianeti Region

Explore Trusso Valley

Trek along a river through abandoned settlements and ancient towers at Trusso Valley. The valley is lined with white and red travertine cliffs, geysers, and hot springs, offering shelter for birds of all kinds. Have an eye out for a bubbling carbon dioxide-filled mineral bath too. You might run into Georgian soldiers because of the border proximity, so it’s advisable to bring your passport with you. Wear durable shoes appropriate for walking rough, slippery paths of the field. You can reach the valley by mountain bike too.

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Jvari Church
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Hidden gem in Mtskheta-Mtianeti Region

Shio-Mgvime Monastery

Admire vividly coloured Orthodox fresco paintings at the Shio-Mgvime Monastery, a medieval monastic complex on the Mtkvari River’s northern bank. The central St. John the Baptist church was built in the 6th century and includes an octagonal dome constructed on a cross base. It is protected by steep cliffs bordered by dense trees. The monastery sits on a plateau that is reached by a paved path.

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Plan your trip with Pickyourtrail to Mtskheta-Mtianeti

With its ancient past, rich in cultural heritage and amazing nature, Mtskheta-Mtianeti is a very diverse area. There are a ton of things to do in Mtskheta-Mtianeti. Throughout the Early Bronze Age, the area of Mtskheta was occupied. Visitors get an unforgettable impression of the remains of ancient culture, Khevsurian banyan houses, towers, temples, rugs, beautiful ornamental clothes, peaks, rocks and lakes.

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