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A more panoramic view of Mtskheta from the Jvari Monastery. The town, which lies at the confluence of the Mtkvari (Kura) and Aragvi rivers, served as the capital of the Georgian Kingdom of Iberia from the 3rd century B.C. to the 5th century A.D. It was the site where Christianity was proclaimed the state religion of Georgia in 317. Although the capital was moved to Tbilisi in the early 6th century, Mtskheta continued to serve as the coronation and burial place for most Georgian kings until the 19th century.