Day Trip to Mtshketa

Day trip to Mshketa, approximately 20km from Tbilisi. Our hostel organised us a taxi for 12 lari.

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Carefully reconstructed stonework, clean streets and a certain sense of charming sterility.”I bet it’s a UNESCO World Heritage area,” says Clare. We went to the shiny new Tourist Information Centre. One of three women at the desk helpfully answered our questions. There were no town maps. We visited the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. Through the haze of smoke we could see murals, pictures of saints and lit candles. Church goers prayed with their heads against shrines. Priests chanted and stirred the contents of large pots. A giant mural of Jesus gazed down on us through the haze.

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We took a short walk through the town.

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After a forty minute wait as the sole patrons at the Old Tavern, one of four waitresses served a very oily lunch. We went elsewhere for coffee. The local museum was closed. We got into a taxi to go to the Jvari monastery. The taxi broke 200m down the road. We found three other taxis and asked the driver of the most intact looking car to take us to Jvari. He led us to the most decrepid of the three cars with rust and a broken windscreen. 25 lari for a return trip.

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We caught a bus back to a metro station in Tbilisi for two lari each.

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One Response to Day Trip to Mtshketa

  1. Katie says:

    What an absolutely fascinating place! I’m glad you battled through dodgy taxis and sub-standard service to bring us the memories of this day-trip.

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