Mtskheta, Gori, Uplistsikhe

Mtskheta is one of the oldest cities of the country and its first capital. The city is located among Mountains,
at the confluence of the Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers. The historical monuments of Mtskheta are a UNESCO
World Heritage Site.
The main attraction of Mtskheta is the Svetithkhoveli Cathedral; name is translated as “the Living Pillar”.
Drive to Jvari (Monastery of the Holy Cross VI century), it is one of the most outstanding monuments of
medieval Georgia, located on Mount Armazi at the confluence of the Mtkvari and Aragvi rivers, overlooking
the ancient town of Mtskheta. View from the top is simply mesmerizing. Jvari temple is one of the most
remarkable achievements of the ancient Georgian architecture, and without exaggeration, the most popular
monument of Georgia, perceived as an immortal symbol of the national genius. Since 1994 Jvari is a World
Heritage Site.
Visit Stalin Museum in Gori. Museum is dedicated to life of Joseph Stalin.
Continue rout to Uplistsikhe is an ancient cave – town. It is one of the first and ancient cities of Georgia.
Uplistsikhe was carved in a rock and originated in the early first millennium B.C, so it is one of the most
important archeological sites and monuments of the Georgian culture. The Uplistsikhe complex covers an
area of approximately 8 hectares. The middle part is the largest, contains a bulk of the Uplistsikhe rock-cut structures, and is connected to the southern part via a narrow rock-cut pass and a tunnel. Narrow alleys and
sometimes staircases radiate from the central “street” to the different structures.