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There was a monastery on a hill overlooking Mtskheta. It was called Jvari, and I had seen it before, first on the map and then with my own eyes when I reached Mtskheta.

So today I took a taxi up the hill to check it out:


The view was like something out of an Austrian tourist information brochure:


And the Jvari Church (the monastery was actually somewhere else) was pretty impressive, too:


There was only one old monk selling candles in the back of the church, unseen and unheard, with the wind brushing past the walls from outside:


I stayed for a few hours, watching the church getting pounded by the elements:


Then I went back to the old town and straight to… yet another church:


This one was called Svetitskhoveli, and it had been the biggest church in all of Georgia up until the completion of the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi a few years earlier.

Also, it was supposed to house the robe that Jesus had been wearing at the time of his crucifixion.

I didn’t go in, though. Instead I stayed outside and looked at the fortifications around the cathedral:


The Jvari Church was visible from down there:


Then I took a little walk around Mtskheta. The whole place seemed to be asleep:


I decided to take a time-lapse in a quiet alley:


And before I knew it these two showed up:


They didn’t even ask if I needed their assistance or not. They just stayed with me and helped out.

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