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Tbilisi

capital city of Georgia

13km

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Georgian Military Highway

road

63km

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Gori

fifth largest city of Georgia

68km

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Tsaghkadzor

Armenia's ski destination.

110km

40.533344.7167
Sights

Samtavro Monastery

According to legend, St. Nino lived on this site and prayed within the smaller of its two extant churches. This small church dates from the 4th century. The larger church on this site was built in the 11th century and contains the graves of Mirian, the Georgian king who adopted Christianity, and his wife.

312m

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Svetitskhoveli Cathedral

Svetitskhoveli is one of the most sacred places in Georgia and, along with Jvari Monastery, the clear highlight of a trip to Mtskheta. It was founded in 1010, built on the site of Georgia's first church, and contains the graves of the ancient Georgian kings, including Sidonia, who was said to have been buried holding Christ's robe. There are many (unaggressive) beggars at the entrance gate.

830m

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Jvari Monastery

monastery in Georgia (country)

2.1km

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Shio-Mgvime monastery

Spectacular 6th century monastery. Its main church is of 11th century. Fantastic views over the city.

8.6km

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Khujabi Monastery

If you make it to Khorakert, you should be able to make it to this soaring, majestic and lost work of architecture, further along the border.

56km

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Uplistsikhe

ancient rock-hewn town in Georgia

57km

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Haghpat

village in Lori Province of Armenia

62km

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Gergeti Trinity Church

church

67km

42.662544.62027778

Joseph Stalin Museum, Gori

The Stalin Museum is the highlight of a visit to the city of Gori. Behind its faux-Venetian facade is an impressive museum filled with paraphernalia and media documenting the life and career of I.V. Jughashvili. The museum's portrayal of Stalin is one-sidedly nostalgic, which can be jarring for visitors, but the exhibits are actually quite well done and there are ample Georgian babushkas throughout the museum who will be more than happy to elaborate on the exhibits and answer questions. Unfortunately, the exhibits are overwhelmingly in Russian and Georgian, to the disadvantage of most Western visitors. But the main show requires no language—Stalin's death mask. Stalin's bronze death mask is not so exciting in and of itself, but the lighting and bizarre, personality cult-chic, red velvet display will surely elicit goose bumps. At the ticket office, ask about an English or German-speaking guide. Guided tours start regularly. They are sometimes available and will often show you the inside of Stalin's home and train car.

68km

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Gori Fortress

68km

41.9861111144.10805556

Tusheti

geographic region

102km

42.545.5

Timotesubani monastery

133km

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Mtskheta

Georgia (country)
Mtskheta (მცხეთა) is a town 15 km north of Tbilisi in the Kartli region of Georgia.

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