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Kashveti Church, Tbilisi

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The Kashveti Church of St. George (ქაშვეთის წმინდა გიორგის სახელობის ტაძარი) is a Georgian Orthodox Church in central Tbilisi, located across from the Parliament building on Rustaveli Avenue.The Kashveti church was constructed between 1904 and 1910 by the architect Leopold Bilfeldt, who based his design on the medieval Samtavisi Cathedral. The construction was sponsored by the Georgian nobility and bourgeoisie. Kashveti was built on the site of a damaged church built of brick at the request of the Amilakhvari family in 1753. Significant contributions to the current church’s ornate design were made by N. Agladze. Kashveti’s frescoes were painted by the influential Georgian painter, Lado Gudiashvili, in 1947.The name "kashveti" is derived from Georgian words kva for a "stone" and shva "to give birth." Legend has it the prominent 6th century monk David of Gareja of the Thirteen Assyrian Fathers was accused by a woman of making her a pregnant in Tbilisi. David prophesied his denial would be proved when she gave birth to a stone. She did, and the place received the name of "kashveti."Burials Ivane Amilakhvari
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  • The Church is situated on Rustaveli Avenue, directly opposite Parliament, or Duma. In Georgia the Church different from Russian churches, primarily architecture. I wonder why no domes?
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  • The Church is one of most famous in Georgia and steeped in History. A must to see and feel what Georgia is all about.  more »
  • This church is right across the peace bridge and is a nice pit stop when you have seen the bridge and are going for a bit in Shardeni street or exploring Tbilisi old town. It has very beautiful lighti...  more »
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  • Wonderful spiritual experience while visiting from the USA.
  • One of the best churches in Tbilisi built in early 20th centry - copy of another church (Samtavisi church in Igoeti, near Kaspi). It has unique frescoes, painted by famous Georgian painter Lado Gudiashvili. As it is in the center, it's a must for any tourist.
  • Beautiful church at the center of Tbilisi. Place has some interesting legend in it's name - woman, who gave a birth to a stone, because she falsely accused monk in being a father of her soon-to-be-born-baby. (kva can be translated as a "stone", while shva - "to give birth")
  • Go there on Sunday 08:30 or Saturday 16:30 if you want to feel the orthodox spirit and listen to soul touching chants.
  • Beautiful church with very unique frescos

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Strung out alongside the Mtkvari River, Tbilisi's historical core and bustling city center offers an array of accommodation options. Choose the fortress hill, the more northern residential districts, or a main street in the center of the action. Large international chain hotels offer luxury options, complete with fine dining, air conditioning, and more. However, you can also choose from more economical, mid-level options located around Rustaveli Avenue and Tbilisi's old town. For the lowest cost, consider one of the ubiquitous hostels.
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