Old and new Capitals
Three cities have had the honour of being capitals within Georgian territory. Each played--and continues to do so--an important role in the country's history. Mtskheta, the ancient capital of Iberia and spiritual centre of the country; Kutaisi, in ancient times known as Aiad from where Aeëtes, the father of Medea, ruled; and Tbilisi, the present- day capital called into being during the reign of King Gorgasali. Within the walls of each a unique history has played out.