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Tsminda Sameba Cathedral, Tbilisi

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Built in the aftermath of Soviet occupation, Tsminda Sameba Cathedral symbolizes the country's shift away from Soviet ideology toward more traditional religious values. Consecrated in 2004, this towering Georgian Orthodox cathedral was built in an amalgamation of Georgian architectural styles and covers 5,000 sq m (53,820 sq ft). Sitting atop Elia Hill, the cathedral imposes with its vertical emphasis, which causes the building to loom impressively. Inside, admire the light-filled space, the ringing marble floor, and the painted murals. A newly illuminated manuscript of the New Testament is on display here--look for it in a glass cabinet inside the cathedral. For cultural reasons, if you wish to go inside be sure your body is well covered (long sleeves and trousers), or you may be denied entry. Make Tsminda Sameba Cathedral a part of your Tbilisi vacation plans using our Tbilisi itinerary builder.
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  • Tsminda Sameba Cathedral is a new orthodox church in tbilisi but it`s very brilliant and lovely.when you arrive there,really change your idea because there is everything are different and very nice.I ...  more »
  • Pretty impressive building that is surprisingly new. Usually churches this big are many centuries old but this is a product of this millennium. Within the grounds there was a few beggars but none were...  more »
  • The Cathedral stands out on the Tbilisi city view and draws you to it. It is definitely worth a look and there are some fantastic photo opportunities when walking around the grounds.  more »

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