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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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  • August 9, 2017
    The Kashveti Church is located next door to our Tbilisi Marriott Hotel so everyday I was walking past it and admiring its’ beauty. Well finally I went inside and found a very beautiful church. It is n...  more »
  • August 4, 2017
    When you are walking in rustaveli ave. you will see a very beautiful church.outdoor of chuch is majestic and indoor of church is very magnificent and decorated by nice painting and holly pictures.ther...  more »
  • July 12, 2017
    Beautiful old church. Saw her outside only, as in the evenings and nights walking it is closed.
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  • May 8, 2017
    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.
  • March 12, 2017
    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")
  • May 22, 2017
    Beautiful church with very unique frescos
  • December 6, 2016
    Go there on Sunday 08:30 or Saturday 16:30 if you want to feel the orthodox spirit and listen to soul touching chants.
  • April 14, 2017
    Interesting on Maundy Thursday

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