‘Mtskheta - Georgia’s spiritual heart’
A 30 minutes drive from Tbilisi brings you in Mtskheta.
This very small town, inhabited for over 3.000 years, is the nation's spiritual heart since Christianity was established in the country in the 4th century.
The main sights in Mtskheta are the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (built in the 11th century) and the Samtavro Church (built in the 12th century).
Outside the town there’s the Jvari Church, built on a rocky mountaintop and 150 meter higher than Mtskheta. See my previous picture (main picture and workshop).
The main picture here is taken near the entrance of Jvari Church at the edge of the abyss.
From there you get a great view of Mtskheta and the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral that is surrounded by walls. Also of the Samtavro Church but this church is just out of sight on this picture.
Altered Image #1 in the workshop shows the tower of Samtavro Church with its beautiful carved external decorations.
Altered Image #2 shows a closer view of the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral with Jvari Church on the background.
Funny but during my trip through Georgia I did never succeed in pronouncing the name Mtskheta properly. People repeated and repeated the name but I failed each time :)
From the first attempt everyone understood to which town I referred but I didn’t manage the correct pronunciation. Fortunately this was the only tough name of a place in the country.
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emilbo (22616) 2013-11-11 16:41
Très jolie vue, à vol d'oiseau, sur les toits de la ville. Parfaite composition avec l'église au 2/3. On ne croirait jamais à une ville qui a déjà été abandonnée, c'est vrai qu'il y a très, très longtemps.. Une présentation de qualité.
Félicitations!... et toutes mes amitiés,
macjake (63210) 2013-11-11 17:17
wow, the WS photo of that cathedral is a show stopper!
its so bold, huge, and takes up the entire frame....i really enjoy that one.
isn't it funny how towns will want to have the same colored rooftops, that must be a planned thing!
and you probably don't even notice it when you're walking around, its only when you're up here.
a very attractive overview of the town, with a nice set of complimentary WS photos too.
npecanhuk (72044) 2013-11-11 17:36
Very interesting bird's eye view with lots to be seen and enjoyed!
Truly beautiful and attractive picture too!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
emka (89411) 2013-11-11 22:58
next shot from your interesting series from Georgia. Beautiful view from the edge of the abyss, fortunately you had no vertigo :). I always admire that all the people can have the same style of houses, roofs, .. something that is not possible in my country :(. Beautiful cathedral surrounded by the walls. The Workshop photos are nice too.
Warm regards MAlgo
dta (73039) 2013-11-12 0:46
Hello PAul ,
J"aime beaucoup ce point de vue dominant qui nous montre les toits de tuiles de la localité , et la superbe église au point fort .
Le WS 2 méritait un post principal . J'aime beaucoup l'angle de vue , l'éclairage et la magnifique architecture évidemment .
sabermonajati (10875) 2013-11-12 2:04
amazing view from nice texture with illustrated church you captured.
holmertz (47150) 2013-11-12 2:56
Mitskheta definitely looks better from this angle than from down below. From here we can see the old structure of the town, where the houses are clustered around the church. Walking down there I didn't find the town very interesting. The workshop photos would have been good enough to be posted on their own, especially the one showing the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. It was in the Samtavro Church I heard a small group of nuns singing so beautifully.
mkamionka (33685) 2013-11-12 2:56
fantastic POV to present this village from the best perspective. I like the characteristic church again. This architectural style is truly unique for this region. Here you caught it in a nice context of the village and also the river which adds a nice touch to the composition.
Very well done,
dkmurphys (54489) 2013-11-12 3:55
Spectacular panorama of that town. The old church looks spectacular. Well taken, have a fine afternoon.
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-11-12 4:09
I continually marvel at the fact that so may of these old European towns are unspoilt by modern developments. This place looks charming with its location next to the river and the cathedral is very lovely (as is you large WS upload)! A good elevated vantage point and a fine overview of the town. Warm regards Rosemary
mirosu (15878) 2013-11-12 4:16
Indeed a breath taking aerial view of this beautiful town and make this a really interesting shot with bags of details and textures in rich color tones. Good crop in this layout with excellent sweeping view into the far end, and superbly contrasts the light reflections on the water. So pin sharp that we can feel the depth, height and distant. This is an excellent shot, a well done photo work!
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Sergiom (70648) 2013-11-12 5:34
Quel beau point de vue sur la ville qui fait cercle autour de son église. Un bel endroit sur la rive d'un cours d'eau. J'aime les toits oranges qui prennent toutes sortes de formes. Le tout est d'une grande netteté.
cornejo (37719) 2013-11-12 9:37
Hi Paul, very good view of this interesting town, very well captured with a great pov, in this good and nice photo. An interesting image of a nice place, with good sharpness, nice color and light. A great job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and happy week.
Best wishes from southern Spain.
krzychu30 (15510) 2013-11-12 11:20
lovely panoramic picture!
The red rooftops look always captivating-no matter where they are.
It´s really a successful shot with excellent clarity and delightful,well-saturated colors.
Also your both pictures in WS are great(the contrast to the blue sky is amazing!).Actually you could wait and post them as a main shots.
Have a nice evening
Romano46 (18472) 2013-11-12 11:27
la composizione appare particolarmente gradevole per i colori delle case che circonmdano ed evidenziano il bell'edificio religioso dalla particolare architettura.
Il verde che circonda le case e la stessa acqua completano a meraviglia il paesaggio e rendono ancor più bella questa foto che sembra ripresa dall'aereo.
Una bella nitidezza ed una luce priva di ombre sono un ottimo complemento alla bella composizione.
Ciao e buona serata
lousat (85018) 2013-11-13 2:49
Hi Paul,another complete and very interesting work from Georgia,magnificent high view as the main pic and 2 beautiful WS too showing us the church details,you can write a tourist guide now....ehehe...very well done!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
delpeoples (56042) 2013-11-13 3:22
Salut cher Paul
An impressive POV and equally impressive photo. I don't think I've seen Georgia from this angle before. The red roofs provide such a compelling element and I like the small hint of water that you include in the image. Excellent sharpness and depth and a light situation with which you coped very well.
s_lush (16134) 2013-11-13 11:34
You have found a very good point of view and chosen perfect camera settings to show the historical center of Mtskheta in all its beauty. The light, colors, photographic qualities (especially detail contrast) are excellent in your picture. The note also is well done.
What about Georgian place-names, when I was to Georgia, my biggest trouble was with the names of Georgian southern towns Akhaltsikhe and Akhalkalaki.
ChrisJ (107157) 2013-11-13 14:20
Once again I am struck by the similarity with old Armenian churches in what is now eastern Turkey. I must load a few shots one day so you can compare. Good sharpness and a superb high pov overlooking this picturesque town in Georgia. Tfs!
ikeharel (65241) 2013-11-14 2:24
Beautifully taken the town view from a high point over. Red roof-tops houses shown in great clarity, colors mingle and contrast well.
Fine shot, immaculate photojob.
Oceania (5202) 2013-11-14 5:37
This bird-eye view is amazing!!!
These red roof houses are accompanied by green trees. And a church is in the center of the town. It's so picturesque. Also, as your note noticed, the town has historical value. It must be the highlight of your trip.
PS: Every critique you give to my picture is kind of encouragement. I really appreciate it.
Didi (59694) 2013-11-14 8:57
Very good dominant point of view and good frame quality on the village
The nice point of interest is this nice church
danos (92628) 2013-11-14 9:46
very picturesque this section of this small town,with the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral o dominating in the scene.The river on the left with the red roofs of the buildings make the image so inviting and unique.
williewhistler (15813) 2013-11-14 11:06
Hello Paul ,
your well chosen high view point reveals the lay out of the town perfectly,the cathedral that dominates the scene appears to have some very interesting architectural features.
I find the colour of the roofs on the houses delightful.
Best regards Les.
SWEETFREEDOM (24118) 2013-11-14 23:14
good p.o.v. and details, i like colors too.
very nice also the Altered Image #2.
jhm (146666) 2013-11-15 3:10
U geeft een goed overzicht over dit dorp met de kerk in midden zoals in onze contreien.
Kwaliteit is goed de presentatie verloopt vlekkeloos.
Heel goed foto werk.
Scherpte en kleuren maken deze foto aangenaam.
jemaflor (91301) 2013-11-15 23:33
Un bon pov sur l'église en point fort et les toits de la ville, à gauche la vue de l'eau complète agréablement la composition.
siudzi (34141) 2013-11-16 0:36
Wow! What a fantastic POV you have found for taking this great presentation! Impressive one executed with superb exposure, clarity and sharpness to achieve such a beautiful effect. Like it a lot!
Have a nice weekend!
rychem (30371) 2013-11-16 8:47
Great aerial photo, this town seen from above looks like a town made of lego bricks, excellent photo with great depth an sharpness, very well composed
mesutilgim (90734) 2013-11-16 10:36
Another nice capture from Georgia with birdseye view.
Good pov and good layout.
The scenery here is still quite virgin and not polluted by modern architecture !
TFS and have a nice weekend
Cricri (113639) 2013-11-16 10:42
Bravo pour le POV , une vue magnifique sur le village avec la belle église qui attire le regard, deux belles images complémentaires en WS, l'architecture de l'église est magnifique
adramad (42021) 2013-11-16 11:39
A superb and comprehensive work, to start a magnificent text, to locate the wonderful pictures that accompany it, this peaceful town surrounding the church is a superb picture, just as are the two pictures of WS, great building the cathedral and beauty that tower, with those carvings in stone, so incredible, very complete work splendidly done.
A perfect colorful natural.
A very bright image with optimum clarity.
Very well done. I love it.
Enjoy the weekend.
annjackman (21386) 2013-11-17 3:31
The cathedral really dominates this town and has made an excellent centre of interest in this photo. The red roofs and the curve of the river look splendid from your view point.
Very well taken and TFS.
Kind Regards, Ann
papagolf21 (93198) 2013-11-17 11:19
Cette image prise depuis une hauteur donne l'impression d'un village miniature. La cathédrale s'élève majestueusement au milieu des maisons environnantes.
Une ville à taille humaine.
L'on sent le passé historique. à travers cette très belle réalisation.
Schnappilic (9690) 2013-11-17 13:00
TFS a good landscape from Georgia with the church as main subject. Splendid view from this high point.
fabbs99 (17129) 2013-11-17 18:46
A Very well composed photo with excellent vivid colors of Georgia's skyline and roofs. Wonderful composition and clarity here. TFS – Regards.
aliabazari (16091) 2013-11-18 9:35
Hi Paul Dear Friend
A beautiful and attractive display. Good lighting and colors. Well done.
Graal (101108) 2013-11-18 9:41
interesting presentation of Georgias Miskheta. Good shot from fine high POV. Nice view of red roofs and old architecture of church. Photo is very well done.
Have a nice evening.
mcmtanyel (18123) 2013-11-22 19:34
I like your POV, from high on the hill with the Cathedral and the buildings around it looking like miniature models. A first class postcard from Georgia's spiritual heart.
serp2000 (42554) 2013-11-23 7:12
I know this name but I've never seen this small town. I think now you like excellent Georgian wine.
Thanks for so informative note and so nice illustration!
Best wishes from Ural!
rigoletto (34279) 2013-11-23 7:38
hi paul. i've only visited tbilisi in georgia, but i can guess that the high rising landscape of the country is always capable of offering such magnificent bird eye views. very nice light and compostion full of rich urban details. i also like the WS photos.
claudeD (36620) 2013-11-23 9:17
Wonderful panoramic view showing this very interesting town. Excellent choice for a high pov. Very good sharpness and light managment. I like the shot very much.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
adores (42291) 2013-11-23 14:55
The view is really fantastic from this place, almost seems taken from a plane! I like to see the church surrounded by red roofs. Well framed and with a very good light! Your series is great and we don't see many photos of Georgia on TE!
Angshu (56740) 2013-11-26 22:59
The name is indeed a tongue twister for me...so how is it pronounced actually?
The WS#2 is wonderful. But this is a good view as well from your high POV with the red roof houses and the church towering over them all...and on the left I presume is a river?
maloutim (9639) 2013-12-01 0:03
What a lovely bird's eye view of Mtskheta ! Excellent management of the details, colours and composition ! The red roofs make the place look jolly, and the imposing figure of the cathedral overlooking the town is very impressive.
I have read your discussion with Krzychu30, and I agree completely with you, adding lots of WS to make as much of an interesting dossier as possible.
Have a great Sunday.
ourania (38986) 2013-12-01 11:33
this view from above is very lovely and interesting. Your photo is like a map, it's very clear and delightful to explore. It holds the viewer's interest for a long time and after a while the place that was unknown until now, starts to look familiar. I like the way you framed this photo, giving emphasis on the perspective. The colours are natural and attractive, they look very characteristic of this place too. The workshop pictures make very interesting complements. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely evening,
jmdias (60002) 2014-03-02 9:43
very beautiful view of this sea of red roofs with the old church like a lady surrounded by children., nice job.TFS.