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Metekhi Cathedral, Tbilisi

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Overlooking the river on a rocky outcropping, Metekhi Cathedral describes the history of the nation. Sitting on the location of King Vakhtang Gorgasali's fortified citadel, built in this strategic location when he founded the city, the cathedral has been rebuilt several times. During the Soviet years it was used as theater after several failed attempts by the city's leader to destroy the structure. Cross-copula in design, the current cathedral was built between 1278 and 1289. Enter the cathedral, where you'll see small alcoves along the walls and painted frescoes primarily in gold and reds. Outside, take in the views of the town from this vantage point. Put Metekhi Cathedral and other Tbilisi attractions into our Tbilisi trip builder, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • This site is well worth the trip up from the city and the short walk to the top of the hill. The Cathedral itself is much like many others, but it extremely well maintained. However the view is one th...  more »
  • Built on a hill overlooking the river Mtkvari, the Church of the Assumption is called Metekhi Church (area around the building) because in the past it was included into a fortress that served as the Royal Palace, where by tradition would have been buried Saint Shushanik (Susana). Over the centuries underwent the ravages of Mongol invasion until its transformation into barracks during the nineteenth-century Russian invasion, having survived the danger of being demolished during the Soviet purges. Restored several times, has lost nearly all its friezes of stone brick structure, internally it is unadorned. Like all Orthodox churches expect women to be head covered and shorts are prohibited.
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  • My focus here is just the surrounding of the area why I went here. When your on top you can see the 360 views of the old town. Some drinking fountain available and the garden outside the church is cla...  more »