Tsminda Sameba Cathedral, Tbilisi

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Church · Tourist Spot
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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  • bigeest church in old town . you must visit . in old town is a lot of ancient churches . Sameba is new church . but it is biggest in georgia . recommended !  more »
  • Located on a hill in the historic Avlabari district, the expansive church is one of the largest churches in the world. It was built on the site of an earlier structure which was destroyed during the.....  more »
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