Georgians have the ability to choose the location for their churches very well and Tsminda Sameba Church is no exception. This XIVth century church, built at 2.200m and with the imposing Mt Kazbek (5.047m) behind, is just SPECTACULAR and it has become the symbol of the country. It seems that its “inaccessibility” was used to host and protect Mtskheta Treasures in times of danger. In 1.988 Soviets tried to do it more accessible and built a cable-car from Kazbegi (the village) to the church on the top. Locals interpreted this as a kind of “profanation” and they destroyed the cable-car as soon as they could.
Tsminda Sameba Church was a nice hike. At Kazbegi (1.750m) we took the easiest path and arrived at the top after one hour and a half, sometimes walking through the forests and sometimes following the car track. The church itself was not very interesting but the view over Mt Kazbek, as I said before, is something not to miss.