Situated at the confluence of the Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers, Mtskheta has been a site of human settlement since at least the second millennium BC. The town is named after Mtskhetos, son of Kartlos - the legendary progenitor of the Georgian people. Today it is no longer the capital of the country, but it is still the spiritual capital and home to two of Georgia’s greatest churches - Svetitskhoveli and Jvari.
Jvari Monastery is located at the top of the hill and is the place where the missionary St. Nino herself erected a cross in the 4th century to mark the coming of Christianity to Georgia.
Svetitskhoveli is the royal cathedral of Georgia, used for centuries for the coronation and burial of Georgian monarchs.
Samtavro Monastery - A little 4th century church marks the site where St Nino lived and prayed, while a larger 11th century building holds the tombs of her contemporaries - Georgia’s first Christian monarchs, King Mirian and Queen Nana.