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Tsminda Sameba Cathedral, Tbilisi

#3 of 32 in Historic Sites in Tbilisi
Must see · 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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  • I think you should visit the Sameba Cathedral even if it is just for photos outside, it loks very astonishing. Also at night it gets illuminated which is cool. I went on a Sunday at around 19 oclock.....  more »
  • A Must to visit in Tbilisi, a divine and holy place, can be seen from almost all city corners. feels so sacred.  more »
  • Great church.. God bless Georgia.. I advise all to visit this holy great place
  • The biggest and most central and new Orthodox Christian Cathedral in Tbilisi, capital of Georgia. The Cathedral hosts most Orthodox Christian events and is a place of broadcasting of Christian events on Public TV. The Cathedral is located in an elevated hilltop of an old part of Tbilisi and overlooks the city. The Cathedral itself is visible from many central Tbilisi locations. A visit is highly recommended to understand the nature of Orthodox Christianity and the place of church in Georgian society.

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