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 Mtskheta-Tianeti: Images

Mtskheta – Mtianeti region spans quite diverse terrains from the historic capital of Georgia, Mtskheta, up north to the mountain regions of Chewsureti in the Great Caucasus mountain range. Following the route of the original Georgian Military Highway northward up toward Russia, one can see a magnitude of regional highlights: the Jvari and Svetiskhoveli churches in Mzcheta at the confluence of Aragvi and Mtkvari Rivers, the Ananuri fortification and, after the road winding up through spectacular mountain scenery, the ski resort of Gudauri. Further up crossing over the Jvari (Cross) Pass on the Main Range of the Caucasian Mountains the road leads down to the village of Kazbegi, dominated by the majestic Mt Kazbeg. On a hill above Gergeti, Sameba Church is dreamlike – cradled in a spectacular environment - situated on the hill, overlooking the area and providing splendid views of Mt. Kazbek. The whole region is a paradise for hikers and mountain climbers alike, in all classes, from recreational to challenging. Further east in Chewsureti are the most impressive, and over the centuries cliff-side, fused fortress villages - incomparable architectonic compounds dating back to the middle ages.