Monday, July 14, 2008

Tours around Tbilisi (8): Martkopi Monastery

Tours around Tbilisi

Tbilisi offers a wide range of 1- day tours.
Georgian Tourism Association (GTA) has tested some of them.

Please note:
GTA does not sell tours, the service is for information only and we do not take responsibility for any inconvenience that people might encounter during the proposed tours.


Tour 8: Martkopi Monastery

Martkopi Monastery is located 30-40 min. drive from Tbilisi (25 min from airport) in a beautiful mountain forest in the East of Tbilisi.

St. Anton of Martkopi was one of the 12 disciples of St. John of Zedazeni who preached Christianity in Georgia in VI. c. A.D.

On top of a small rocky ridge, through the forest stands an old stone tower where St. Anton used to live alone for 15 years.

The tower, which you’ll reach in a 15 min walk, offers great views of the monastery in midst of the lush green forest.
The meadows around the monastery invite for picnic and play.
An ideal outing for a ½ to 1 day trip.

How to get there

Best access via the transit road around Tbilisi (Mtskheta-Baku/Yerevan, M9) passing Didi Lilo direction Gldani.
The right turn just before village Norio is signposted Martomkopeli Monastery in Georgian & English. (it is 11km drive from there through village Norio.)

Best season: Year round

Difficulty: Easy

Road condition: possible without 4 WD, village road on last 7 km


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