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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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  • Temple complex amazes with its size and architecture. On the territory of a nice Park. Worth a visit on a clear day.
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  • visited for an hour and was very impressed, wear appropriate clothing the wife had shoulders showing and felt like should not have 
  • Very beautiful and huge architecture on the hill. Very nice internal decorations and peaceful surroundings