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A hotel in Mtskheta is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Mtskheta hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Mtskheta are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Mtskheta hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Mtskheta hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Mtskheta have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in Mtskheta
An upscale full service hotel facility in Mtskheta that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Mtskheta hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

Full service hotels in Mtskheta
Full service Mtskheta hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.

Historic inns and boutique hotels in Mtskheta
Boutique hotels of Mtskheta are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Mtskheta boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Mtskheta may be classified as luxury hotels.

Focused or select service hotels in Mtskheta
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Mtskheta travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Mtskheta focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

Economy and limited service hotels in Mtskheta
Small to medium-sized Mtskheta hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Mtskheta traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Mtskheta hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

Guest houses and B&Bs in Mtskheta
A bed and breakfast in Mtskheta is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Mtskheta bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Mtskheta B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Mtskheta
Mtskheta hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Mtskheta hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Mtskheta
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Mtskheta hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Mtskheta lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Mtskheta
Mtskheta timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Mtskheta often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Mtskheta on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

Motels in Mtskheta
A Mtskheta motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Mtskheta for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Mtskheta motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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Location of Mtskheta within Georgia
Location of Mtskheta within Georgia
Country Georgia
Mkhare Mtskheta-Mtianeti
Municipality Mtskheta District
Established V century BC
Population 19,423
Time zone Georgian time (UTC+4)
Climate Cfa
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Historical Monuments of Mtskheta
Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List
Location Georgia
Type Cultural
Criteria iii, iv
Reference 708
UNESCO region Europe
Inscription history
Inscription 1994 (18th Session)
Endangered 2009–present

Mtskheta (Georgian: მცხეთა [mtsʰxɛtʰɑ]) is a city in Mtskheta-Mtianeti province of Georgia. One of the oldest cities of Georgia, it is located approximately 20 kilometres (12 miles) north of Tbilisi at the confluence of the Aragvi river.

Due to its historical significance and several cultural monuments, the "Historical Monuments of Mtskheta" became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. As the birthplace and one of the most vibrant centers of Christianity in Georgia, Mtskheta was declared as the "Holy City" by the Georgian Orthodox Church in 2014.

Mtskheta: History

Mtskheta was founded in the 5th century BC. It was capital of the early Georgian Kingdom of Iberia (Kartli) from the 3rd century BC to the 5th century AD. It was a site of early Christian activity, and the location where Christianity was proclaimed the state religion of Kartli in 337. It remains the headquarters of the Georgian Orthodox Church.

King Dachi I Ujarmeli (early 6th century AD), who was the successor of Vakhtang I Gorgasali, moved the capital from Mtskheta to the more easily defensible Tbilisi according to the will left by his father. However, Mtskheta continued to serve as the coronation and burial place for most kings of Georgia until the end of the kingdom in the 19th century.

The old city lies at the confluence of the rivers Mtkvari and Aragvi. The rare blend of cultural values had ruled in this part of the world since the Bronze Age until prosperous Christian era over the unique eclectic lifestyle creating the mood of the town which is as old as the history of Georgia. Mtskheta is the most religious city of Georgia as it has been the shrine of pagan idols since times immemorial and it is where Christianity in Georgia takes its origin.

In recognition of its role in the Georgian Christian history, Mtskheta was granted the status of a "Holy City" by Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of Georgia in accordance of the written testament of his 11th-century predecessor Melchizedek I of Georgia.

Mtskheta: Monuments

Svetitskhoveli seen from an old street
Jvari Monastery
"Pompey's bridge", August 2008

Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th century) and Jvari Monastery (6th century) in Mtskheta are amongst the most significant monuments of Georgian Christian architecture, and are historically significant in the development of medieval architecture throughout the Caucasus. Of special significance are early inscriptions, which form a valuable reference in the study of the origins of the early Georgian alphabet.

In the outskirts of Mtskheta are the ruins of Armaztsikhe fortress (3rd century BC), the Armaztsikhe acropolis (dating to the late 1st century BC), remains of a "Pompey's bridge" (according to legends built by Roman legionnaires of Pompey the Great in 1st century BC), the fragmentary remains of a royal palace (1st–3rd century AD), a nearby tomb of the 1st century AD, a small church of the 4th century, the Samtavro Monastery (11th century), and the fortress of Bebris Tsikhe (14th century). The Institute of Archaeology, and the garden of Mikheil Mamulashvili are also worthy of note. There is also a monument to sculptor Elena Machabell.

Mtskheta: Threats

The Historical Monuments of Mtskheta were recently placed on UNESCO's List of World Heritage in Danger, citing "serious deterioration of the stonework and frescoes" as the main threat to the site's long-term preservation.

Mtskheta: International relations

See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Georgia

Mtskheta is twinned with:

  • France Leuville-sur-Orge, France (2001)
  • Greece Argos, Greece (1991)

Mtskheta: See also

  • Armazi
  • World Heritage Sites in Danger

Mtskheta: References

  1. "Historical city Mtskheta becomes "Holy City"". 7 April 2014. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  2. Александр Джавахишвили. "География Грузинской СССР". Госиздат Грузинской ССР. 1955. P. 162 "Недалеко от Тбилиси расположен древнейший город Грузии - Мцхета (основан приблизительно в V веке до н. э.)"
  3. UNESCO World Heritage in Danger: Historical Monuments of Mtskheta 2009
  4. "Twinnings" (PDF). Central Union of Municipalities & Communities of Greece. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
  • Abashidze, Irakli. Ed. Georgian Encyclopedia. Vol. IX. Tbilisi, Georgia: 1985.
  • Amiranashvili, Shalva. History of Georgian Art. Khelovneba: Tbilisi, Georgia: 1961.
  • Grigol Khantsteli. Chronicles of Georgia.
  • Rosen, Roger. Georgia: A Sovereign Country of the Caucasus. Odyssey Publications: Hong Kong, 1999. Buy book ISBN 962-217-748-4
  • Pictures of Mtskheta
  • UNESCO World Heritage listing
  • Mtskheta travel guide from Wikivoyage

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