Mtskheta is one of the oldest cities in Georgia, which is tightly related to the Christianity and preserves numerous sanctuaries that are dear to every Georgian. Discover the ancient capital of Georgia - a unique city-museum as it is named by UNESCO. People also call it “The second Jerusalem”.
Jvari Monastery is a sixth century Georgian Orthodox monastery near Mtskheta, built on a hilltop. Enjoy the view of confluence of Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers. According to local history, in the early fourth century a wooden cross was erected over a pagan sanctuary on a rocky mountaintop overlooking Mtskehta, the former capital of the Georgian Kingdom. The Cross symbolized the victory of Christianity over paganism in Georgia. In 545 the Small Church of Jvari was built just north of the cross.
The next stop is Gori - the heart of Eastern Georgia. The main attraction of the city is the house-museum of Joseph Stalin. This is the unique building in the Gothic style, which keeps more than 60,000 artifacts of the leader, a small tiny house where the leader was born and impressive bulletproof train Stalin used to travel.
At 10 kilometers from Gori is the cave city Uplistsikhe (“God's fortress”), listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.