Mtshketa is a small city of 20000 inhabitants located at the confluence of the Mtkvari (Kura) and Aragvi rivers, about 15km northwest of Tbilisi. Mtskheta is the main religious centre and the headquarter of the Georgian Christian orthodox church. The city dates back to the 5th century and is built on an early Christian centre in Georgia, where Christianity was introduced into Georgia in the year 337. The Svetitskhoveli cathedral is located in the centre of Mtshketa, while the Jvari monastery is on a hill overlooking Mtshketa. The Svetitskhoveli cathedral (სვეტიცხოვლის საკათედრო ტაძარი in Georgian) was completed in 1029 on the site of an earlier fourth century church. Inside the cathedral there are tombs of kings, decorations and on the walls there are religious frescoes. The cathedral is surrounded by a stone wall, built in 1787 and has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1994.

01 Mtskheta with Aragvi and Kura rivers 02 Mtskheta 03 Svetitskhoveli cathedral 04 Parking and entrance to Mtskheta
05 Svetitskhoveli cathedral 06 Southern gate 07 Svetitskhoveli cathedral 08 Lamppost 09 Arsukidze street
10 Wall of cathedral compound 11 Souvenir shops 12 Main entrance to cathedral compound 13 Main entrance to cathedral compound 14 Watchtower
15 Watchtower 16 Cathedral compound 17 Watchtower 18 Cathedral compound
19 Svetitskhoveli cathedral 20 Wall of cathedral compound 21 Svetitskhoveli cathedral 22 Svetitskhoveli cathedral 23 Watchtower
24 Horse carriage 25 Souvenir shops 26 Kura river 27 Svetitskhoveli cathedral interior 28 Svetitskhoveli cathedral interior
29 Svetitskhoveli cathedral 30 Svetitskhoveli cathedral 31 Wooden cross 32 Tomb 33 Jesus fresco 34 Apostels fresco
35 Jesus fresco 36 Svetitskhoveli cathedral interior 37 Svetitskhoveli cathedral 38 Painting 39 Svetitskhoveli cathedral interior 40 Dome
41 Svetitskhoveli cathedral 42 Svetitskhoveli cathedral
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