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Sioni Church, Tbilisi

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Serving as Tbilisi's main Georgian Orthodox cathedral until the completion of Tsminda Sameba in 2004, Sioni Church features a history stretching back more than 1,400 years, providing insight into the spiritual history of the nation. Originally founded in the late 400s, the church has been razed and rebuilt many times; the structure that stands now likely originates from 1112, when the church was completely rebuilt during the reign of King David IV. Step inside to walk the aisles and examine the frescoes that adorn the walls. The church also houses an important relic, the cross of Saint Nino--or the Grapevine Cross--a symbol of the Georgian Orthodox Church dating from the 4th century. You can see a replica of the cross on display; the real cross is locked away. Make Sioni Church a centerpiece of your Tbilisi vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Tbilisi travel itinerary planner.
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  • If you visit the Cathedral in the morning, you'll hear a wonderful Georgian church choir. This is a Wonderful
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  • Temple left good impressions. Definitely worth a go inside. Feel the serenity.
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  • The old church of Tbilisi. We must come here necessarily. The old part of the city. Be sure to put at least a candle. Externally around too, very nice. Next building which is spreading vine. I was winter and provided what is beauty of when it will be summer. Inside the temple is beautiful. Was chatting with the parishioners of a priest. Holy place!
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