Mtskheta is the ancient capital of Georgia located 20 km from Tbilisi. Its history started long ago than Georgia got Christianity. Due to its historical significance and numerous ancient monuments Mtskheta became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. There are the most important monuments of Georgian Christian architecture – Svetitskhoveli and Jvari. Mtskheta makes an easy and enjoyable day trip from Tbilisi with its castles, monasteries, fortresses, museums and many others. There are Monastery of Shio-Mgvime and the Zedazeni complex several kilometers away from Mtskheta. They include facilities of different time periods: a cave church, the Church of St. John the Baptist, a bell tower, a fortress and monastic cave cells.

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