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Sioni Church, Tbilisi

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Serving as Tbilisi's main Georgian Orthodox cathedral until the completion of Tsminda Sameba in 2004, Sioni Church features a history stretching back more than 1,400 years, providing insight into the spiritual history of the nation. Originally founded in the late 400s, the church has been razed and rebuilt many times; the structure that stands now likely originates from 1112, when the church was completely rebuilt during the reign of King David IV. Step inside to walk the aisles and examine the frescoes that adorn the walls. The church also houses an important relic, the cross of Saint Nino--or the Grapevine Cross--a symbol of the Georgian Orthodox Church dating from the 4th century. You can see a replica of the cross on display; the real cross is locked away. Work out when and for how long to visit Sioni Church and other Tbilisi attractions using our handy Tbilisi trip planner .
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  • The cathedral is located in Old Tbilisi. Historically, it is the main temple of Tbilisi and one of the two main temples of the Georgian Church. Until 2006, it was a cathedral (there was the pulpit of Catholicos) and as if the main temple of the country. The Church is named immediately in honor of the Assumption of Our Lady (i.e. her death) and in honor of the Mount of Sion (it is believed that she died in her home on the Mount of Sion). The first Assumption Temple appeared on the site of Mary's death on the Mount of Sion in Jerusalem in 415. He became the Assumption in essence and the Site of Sion. In Georgia for some reason saw the connection between the mountain and the death of Our Lady and decided to call all the Assumption temples zion. Although it is possible that the Georgians mechanically endured...
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  • When you see this place you can fill - history around. Build long time ago still present. Important that government do help with renovation and keep in good condition. So, generation after generation ...  more »
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  • Nice like gods churches atmosphere is likely good and resting facilities available for long journey in india or other country need more energy good
  • Cathedral of Zion. Former Cathedral of the Georgian Orthodox Church
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