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  • Day4

    Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, Mtskheta

    May 1, 2018 in Georgia ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    It's now time to drive towards Mtskheta, the old capital of Georgia. Despite the hardly pronounceable name, it's actually one of the most renowned destinations in Georgia and it hosts a true masterpiece of art: the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (meaning "the Cathedral of the Living Pillar").
    Our bus leaves us in the parking place and we have to proceed on foot to reach the church, already visible from here. It's beyond any doubt the most impressive place I have seen so far: tha cathedral is a majestic building towering from the summit of a slightly hilly terrain, surrounded by a labyrinth of narrow streets full of colourfoul shops and stands forming a sort of village.

    After a good 10-minute walk in this living market-city, we finally reach the cathedral: seen up close, it's even more impressive than I first thought! The visit of the church itself doesn't last long, which leaves us a good half an hour to do some shopping. I don't actually intend to waste money on souvenirs... which means I end up buying two bags, three pairs of earrings and countless magnets 😓 And I stop there just because the time our guide gave us for the visit is over.

    According to the programme, we were supposed to leave Mtskheta at 11am. And, of course, when we are finally all on the bus the clock marks 12.30pm... Will we ever be able to leave on time, even just for half a day? 😓
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