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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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  • They work hard to maintin this huge Cathedral. As per our guide, this place is very new to the history of Tbilisi and Georgia, only 20 years or less is the age of it. Still it is a wonderful beauty in...  more »
  • one of the most important monuments in Tbilisi where you must visit during your trip in Tbilisi it is the biggest Orthodox church I have ever seen  more »
  • A beautiful place. Open vistas of the old town. In the weekend you can enjoy the Cathedral Choir (if you're lucky).
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