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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. Plan to see Tsminda Sameba Cathedral and other attractions that appeal to you using our Tbilisi journey planner.
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  • Beautiful Cathedral not far from the City Centre. The area is full of greenery, and peaceful areas to just be silent and meditate. There is a small mini zoo where you can see ducks and peacocks... 
    Beautiful Cathedral not far from the City Centre. The area is full of greenery, and peaceful areas to just be silent and meditate. There is a small mini zoo where you can see ducks and peacocks...  more »
  • A very impressive Cathedral that dominates the Tbilisi skyline and looks amazing when lit up at night. We enjoyed sitting on our balcony looking out over it most nights. Inside is worth a look but we....  more
    A very impressive Cathedral that dominates the Tbilisi skyline and looks amazing when lit up at night. We enjoyed sitting on our balcony looking out over it most nights. Inside is worth a look but we....  more »
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  • Very impressive cathedral which was constructed between 1995-2004. It is one of the largest and tallest religious buildings in the world. There are also fantastic views of the city from this location. At the entrance there is a pleasant cafe that has been going since 1887 selling its own special “lemonade”. If you are into sweet drinks, this is well worth the try.
  • Simply in awe of this stunning Eastern Orthodox cathedral, third tallest in the world. The cathedral can be seen from most corners of Tbilisi and is equally as beautiful day or night. Worth making the trip across the river to admire the beauty closer.

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