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Shida Kartli

Shida Kartli

Kartli is the heart of Georgia. The oldest royal city of Georgia, Mtskheta, is situated there. It was there that Georgians became Christians in the 4th century through the activities of the 13 Syrian monks and St. Nino, who worked miracles here. Mtskheta is popular with its original architectural monuments: Svetitskhoveli (11th century), built by architect Konstantine Arsakidze is also the burial place of Kings Gorgasali and Erekle II and is his masterpiece; At the turn of the 6th -8th century Jvari Cathedral was built on the mountain, which for 14 centuries has been overlooking the ancient city and is considered to be a masterpiece of Georgian church architecture of the classical period. Mtskheta is a museum city and is on the list of the
world sights of UNESCO, and is only twenty minutes from Tbilisi. Gori is one of the main cities in Kartli now. It has existed from the last centuries BC, when a citadel guarded the city. Gori is known as the native city of Joseph Stalin, the famous 20th century politician. Visitors can see his boyhood home there, and tour the museum in his honor. There are some of the oldest historical monuments in Kartli: Ananuri, built in 16-18th Centuries and Uplistsikhe, a city built in the rock. In the 3rd -1st centuries BC it was a typical Hellenistic town with its citadel, city and suburbs. It was a big political, cultural and religious center as well.
Today, it is a museum city. One can turn from the ancient past to the ultramodern atmosphere of Gudauri, on the Caucasian mountain range. Gudauri is a winter resort of an international caliber with comfortable mountain ski runs and first class hotels. The fun in the sun and snow are at the disposal of skiing fans for six months of the year, who can speed down from the 3000 meter mountain.
In the ravine beyond the Caucasian mountain range, in one of the most breathtakingly beautiful surroundings, lies the historical province of Georgia, Kazbegi. In this charming alpine zone rises the majestic snow capped mountain Kazbegi (5047 meter height). The legend goes that Prometheus was chained here by the Greek gods for stealing their knowledge.
Part of Shida Kartli is occupied by Russia after  2008 war !





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