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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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  • Still a bit building, but in use already. So, this is massive new church. Near areas are amazingly poor - possibilities to see areas not renovated yet.  more »
  • One of the biggest cathedral in the Eastern Europe and a marvelous sight to behold. Built on a height this cathedral feels some kind of en Epic even before you enter. A very nice place to see when in ...  more »
  • I have to say honestly: this Cathedral is an analogue of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow. Huge and uncomfortable "religious building" now empty yet, even above the altar mural so far only traced contours, but not colored. Why go here: not exactly the Cathedral, on the opposite shore is much more beautiful and interesting churches of Byzantine times. Not exactly behind the square in front of the Cathedral, naked, huge and amongst all the winds. The truth is, if you turn your back away from the building, it turns out a good review site is times. Two: in front of the entrance to the territory of Cmindy Sameby (to the right of the door) there is a cafe "Lagidze waters". There are poured real Georgian soda (mineral water + syrup, it's very very tasty) and make excellent khachapuri. However, on Rustaveli Avenue in the cellar there are some "water" (called "Adzharian khachapuri")-there is cheaper and no worse. Three: from the Cathedral, you can easily walk to the Metro station "Avlabari", look at the Presidential Palace, a monument to "Mimino" (Tsereteli was able to spoil even his characters) and the Palace of Queen Daridzhan. So, on the one hand, go here particularly there's and, on the other hand, still place signed, visible from almost the center of Tbilisi. Plus don't forget that the construction of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity accompanied by scandal: the destruction of an entire quarter, including Armenian cemetery. Georgian Patriarchate immediately made his Cathedral, very vain abandoning much more pleasant temples on the other side of the Hens. Megalomanija, however.
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