Photographer's Note

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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