Mtskheta in Sepia

The City of  Mtskheta is the old capital of the Republic of Georgia, beautifully located at the confluence of the powerful waters flowing from the Caucasus Mountains through the Kura river and the Aragvi river which connects to Mtkvari in Tbilisi. It was the site of early Christian activity, and the place where Christianity was proclaimed the state religion of Georgia in 337.  It is one of the oldest cities of the country and was capital of the early Georgian Kingdom of Iberia from 3rd century BC to 5th century AD.   The old city has been receiving significant restoration in recent years and a lot of construction was still going on during my visit in April 2011.  The photos in this blog are about interesting structures I found inside the city.

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An interesting yard at Mtskheta

“Old Town Cafe” / Georgia 2011 [Mtskheta, the Old Capital] :  We were walking around Mtskheta when I found this curious yard along the cobbled street.  Not understanding the text above the entrance, I thought that it was just an ordinary home and got intrigued by the simple but interesting arrangement in the yard.  I belatedly found out, when we were about to leave, that it was cafe.  Would have loved to have a hot coffee and breakfast here on that rainy morning.

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Cafe - Western style

“Old Taverna” / Georgia 2011 [ Mtskheta, the Old Capital] :  This structure was part of the newly refurbished section of the city but I was intrigued by its resemblance to scenes I often see in Western movies.  A gun-wielding cowboy on the balcony and some horses on the front yard would have completed the picture.

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Cloudy skies flirt with a wet pavement

“A Quiet Town” / Georgia 2011 [ Mtskheta – the Old Capital] : The rainy morning resulted to this dramatic scene at the eastern section of the city.  The panorama of misty mountains and cloudy skies casting their reflection on the wet pavement of a seemingly sleepy town was breathtaking and made taking photos under the rain worth all the hassle.

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