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. Plan to see Tsminda Sameba Cathedral and other attractions that appeal to you using our Tbilisi journey planner .
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  • August 16, 2017
    Fantastic building. And it has a great landscape of city. It's full of photos of Jesus wich is make this building look more wonderful. U MUST SEE IT :)  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Clearly, because on a hill. At the same time offers a good view of the city. Is built in the traditional style but still quite new.
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  • August 15, 2017
    The building is still under construction. 70m high dome is breathtaking. It is a pity that during the day people do not respect the place and convert it into a "selfie" or "family photo" place... Real...  more »

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