Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, Mtskheta

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A World Heritage Site, Svetitskhoveli Cathedral dates back to the 4th century and is the legendary burial site of Jesus Christ's mantle. Visit the site to learn the story that goes with the claim of the burial place of garment, which involves its purchase after Christ's crucifixion. The church, founded by St. Nino, was the coronation and burial site for many of the kings of Georgia. You can also view a 4th-century stone baptismal font, believed to have been used to baptize King Miriam and Queen Nana, and the remnants of the life-giving pillar of legend. Put Svetitskhoveli Cathedral and other Mtskheta attractions into our Mtskheta vacation planning website , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Frankly we saw so many churches while in Georgia, as there are so many! this one is nice cathedral... surrounded by many small shops. You can get Georgian hot karak chai, coffee and many more eatables...  more »
  • Well it was rainy then. From the parking lot, it took 5 minutes walking. Shops were not all open yet. Entering the gate, I could here a nun reciting or reading loudly the Bible. Over the side door at ...  more »
  • The Church itself is a magnificent work. Nice decor ... The atmosphere is unique. The surrounding area is something that is not unique. Church surrounded by a huge defensive walls. You can see that there are a lot of tourists, because the path to the area skirts the Sea stands. In any case, I recommend you visit ...
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  • According to Georgian hagiography, in the 1st century AD a Georgian Jew from Mtskheta named Elias was in Jerusalem when Jesus was crucified. Elias bought Jesus’ robe from a Roman soldier at Golgotha and brought it back to Georgia. Returning to his native city, he was met by his sister Sidonia who upon touching the robe immediately died from the emotions engendered by the sacred object. The robe could not be removed from her grasp, so she was buried with it. The place where Sidonia is buried with Christ's robe is preserved in the Cathedral. Later, from her grave grew an enormous cedar tree. Ordering the cedar chopped down to build the church, St. Nino had seven columns made from it for the church’s foundation. The seventh column, however, had magical properties and rose by itself into the air. It returned to earth after St. Nino prayed the whole night. It was further said that from the magical seventh column a sacred liquid flowed that cured people of all diseases.
  • Worth to visit if in Mtskheta. Historically important place. Visitors should know that Mtsketa used to be capital of Historically established Georgia before Tbilisi. Svetitskhoveli was build based on Orthodox legend and is saint place for the Pilligrimage. Unfortunately some parts of the castle were rebuilt but not the church itself. The stucture of the church is interesting from architectural point of wiev. It has big importance for the Orthodox Christians. Place has open access for eveybody, though womam have to obey some rules of the dress code. Church has interesting illuminaton in the eveing time and is surrounded by nice souvenir shops. Personally I find staff sole there unfairly doubled in the price but as it is touristical attraction one can tolerate this type of marketing. There is no special season for visiting this place all year is convenient, but 13 of October is better as it is Svetitckhoveli Festival taking place every year with lot of interesting sightseeings. Good to visit in combination with other places around two hours is quite enough for this small journey.
  • old but well preserved cathedral. full of history. old brick roads. shops for souvenirs.
  • The original church was built in 4th century A.D. during the reign of Mirian III of Kartli(Iberia). St. Nino is said to have chosen the confluence of the Mtkvari (Kura) and Aragvirivers as the place of the first Georgian Church. According to Georgian hagiography, in the 1st century AD a Georgian Jew from Mtskheta named Elias was in Jerusalem when Jesuswas crucified. Elias bought Jesus’ robe from a Roman soldier at Golgotha and brought it back to Georgia. Returning to his native city, he was met by his sister Sidonia who upon touching the robe immediately died from the emotions engendered by the sacred object. The robe could not be removed from her grasp, so she was buried with it.[4] The place where Sidonia is buried with Christ's robe is preserved in the Cathedral. Later, from her grave grew an enormous cedar tree. Ordering the cedar chopped down to build the church, St. Nino had seven columns made from it for the church’s foundation. The seventh column, however, had magical properties and rose by itself into the air. It returned to earth after St. Nino prayed the whole night. It was further said that from the magical seventh column a sacred liquid flowed that cured people of all diseases.
  • Very beautiful and historic place. Cobbled street. Old world charm and market. Religious place.
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