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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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  • Its biggest cathedral in Tbilisi. Better to plan visit here around sunset as you can get good views in twilight as well as night time. It is open till very late at night so no worries. In the compound...  more »
  • This church is acc to Wikipedia the main cathedral of the Georgian Orthodox Church. Constructed between 1995 and 2004, it is the third-tallest Eastern Orthodox cathedral in the world. It gives a very ...  more »
  • A large church, the golden dome can be seen from everywhere. Inside, a very high central dome, but bare. Beautiful old paintings all around. Beautiful doors. In the absence of English translations, or...  more »