During the first millennium BC two Georgian States were established in the Caucasian area: the Kingdom of Kolkheti, or Lazica, and the Kingdom of Kartli, also called Iberia according to Greek sources. Kartli is the very place from where the history of Christianity in Georgia begins: according to the life of St. Nino, a captive woman who came to Kartli from Jerusalem, the conversion of the people happened after she had destroyed the Armazi idols. In 337 AD, King Mirian declared Christianity as the religion of Kartli, wherefore Georgia ranges among one of the oldest Christian countries. Kartli is the largest and most populated province of Eastern Georgia and it includes the Georgian capital Tbilisi. It is bordered by the Greater Caucasus mountain range to the north, the province of Kakheti to the east, Azerbaijan and Armenia to the south, Turkey and the Samtskhe-Javakheti region to the southwest and the province of Imereti to the west.

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