Kutaisi and Mtskheta among Europe's 16 oldest cities, as listed by The Telegraph (+ Photos)
03 July, 2015
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The Telegraph has published a list of 16 oldest cities of Europe. Unsurprisingly, Georgian cities of Kutaisi and Mtskheta were included, among others.

Mtskheta, Georgia

When did the earliest inhabitants settle? 1,000 BC
The placement of Georgia in Europe is perhaps contentious, but given the widely-accepted definition of the continent’s border beyond the whole Caucasus region, it is fair to consider the country as European. Mtskheta, north of the capital Tbilisi, is thought to have been
founded around 3,000 years ago, and is notable as the place Georgians accepted Christianity – the country’s main religion today – in 317. Collectively, its historical monuments, including the Holy Cross Monastery of Jvari, Svetitskhoveli Cathedral and Samtavro Monastery, are a UNESCO's World Heritage Site. They are described as “outstanding examples of medieval religious architecture in the Caucasus”, and archaeological findings inside them prove a high level of skill in masonry and pottery.

Picture: AP
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