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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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  • Is the head of the Orthodox Church of Georgia Tbilisi Central Church. We have stopped by in the case of the old town attractions, is a big believer and praying hard and get a glimpse of the faith in Georgia. I think that an important place on Georgia culture.
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  • I'm glad that the Cathedral has become the new Holy Trinity Cathedral (Tsminda Sameba). As a result, there are no crowds of tourists with cameras and you can safely dive into the atmosphere of the temple and think.
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  • Stunning beautiful hauntingly spiritual. I went in on a saturday afternoon, and I should have been prepared to make sure I was in the right clothing. felt very consciouness of not being in. plus being...  more »

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