Today we drive to the Great Caucasus mountains and stay in Kazbegi for two nights.
After breakfast, check out and head to the North. Mtskheta – the old capital of former Georgian kingdom Iberia, is the first site to visit. Mtskheta town and its historical monuments: Jvari Monastery and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral are recognized by the UNESCO as World Heritage Sites.
Jvari is a church of tetranoch architectural style, dated back to 6th century and was popular in Byzantine, Armenia and Georgia as well.
Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th c) is known as the burial site of Christ’s mantle and has long been one of the most sacred places for Georgians. The interior walls of the cathedral are painted with frescoes. The stonework in the church depicts carved grapes reflecting Georgia’s wine-making traditions.
After Mtskheta tour, we continue towards Khevi region and on the way make a stop at Ananuri Fortress (built in the 16-17th cc) near the Zhinvali Reservoir. Medieval fort is comprised of churches, and residential buildings of local lord – Aragvi Eristavi.
This road had great economical and historical importance, as it was the trade tour, part of the Great Silk road, connecting Caucasus countries to the north. In 19th c the road was named by Russian Empire as Georgian Military Highway. Today, we follow it through Jvari Pass, Gudauri observation platforms, travertine mountain up to Kazbegi and in the evening arrive in Stephantsminda for overnight.
Overnight in Stephantsminda.