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Sioni Church, Tbilisi

(4.7/5 based on 190+ reviews on the web)
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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  • 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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  • Despite the fact that de facto Cathedral is the main Cathedral of the Georgian church, he's very emotionless, soulful and bright. The stunning beauty of the Patriarch's Chair, otherwise ascetic atmosphere. The cross of St. Nino-main shrine Temple. The atmosphere is wonderful, a temple in the heart of the city-don't miss it. Very good to know its history or be with a guide.
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  • You can go, but expect that take something very special. The guide can tell another tale, but that is not enough.
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  • Very nice church, especially at night you can enjoy the beautiful faces of its outside walls in the light of reflectors.
  • Cute small church. Very strict about visitors clothing. Theres a shop in the entrance, simple money making scam for the church.
  • Its a lovely historic church
  • This is the historical place, here is located Saint Nino's cross.
  • Meh