Svetitskhoveli Cathedral

Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, Mtskheta: Address, Svetitskhoveli Cathedral Reviews: 4.5/5

Svetitskhoveli Cathedral
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates77 contributions
A Look inside your soul
Jun. 2021
According to Georgian hagiography, in the 1st century AD a Georgian Jew from Mtskheta named Elias was in Jerusalem when Jesus was crucified. Elias bought Jesus’ robe from a Roman soldier at Golgotha and brought it back to Georgia. Returning to his native city, he was met by his sister Sidonia who upon touching the robe immediately died from the emotions engendered by the sacred object. The robe could not be removed from her grasp, so she was buried with it. The place where Sidonia is buried with Christ's robe is preserved in the Cathedral.
Also around the cathedral is theatre city full of souvenirs and mini pop up cafes. Visit for the beauty of the church with its religious significance and ladies remember to wear a head scarf. The murals and paintings in the cathedral are authentically aged and a must view for the pilgrim.
Written June 14, 2021
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Mohamed S
Alexandria, Egypt1,243 contributions
The glory of Georgia
Feb. 2020
A UNESCO world heritage site. Mtskheta was the capital of Georgia at the time of its glory and this Cathedral is the majestic proof. Built in the early middle ages by the medieval Georgian architect Arsukisdze but the area itself dates back to the 4th century where it's believed to be the burial site of the holy mantle. It is also the burial place of many of the local Kings and queens like Vakhtang Gorgasali, Erekle the 2nd and the interesting tomb of queen Tamar the wife of king George the XI, with writing in old georgian and arabic.
Written January 31, 2021
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Mohammad Qutishat
Amman, Jordan2,156 contributions
One of the most important cathedrals in Georgia
Feb. 2020
UNESCO World Heritage site of Svetitskhoveli Cathedral is an Orthodox Christian cathedral located in the old capital of Georgia, the historic town of Mtskheta,
The original church was built in the 4th century A.D. but it has been damaged several times during history, and the present Svetitskhoveli Cathedral was built in the 11th century.
Legend has it that the rob/mantle of Jesus is buried in this site, also the foot of St. Andrew the apostle.
For so long this was the largest Catherdral in Georgia until the Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi was built in 2004.
There is a nice market next to the Cathedral where you can buy souvenirs.
Written January 23, 2021
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Israel R
Ra'anana, Israel16,126 contributions
The Church of the "Pillar of Life" or the "Cedar Tree" that grow above the tomb where Christ's robe is buried.
Dec. 2019
At the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral you will feel like you are going back in time to the first centuries AD. The Cathedral was built in the 11th century, but the site itself is even older, from the beginning of the 4th century. In the archeological structure there is an elongated cross that looks like it touches the sky. It was the main place of pilgrimage on the Silk Road, the place where, according to faith, Christ's robe was buried here and where the first Georgian kings were also buried. This cathedral is the second largest church in Georgia and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The church is very impressive and creates an atmosphere of sanctity for the visitors.
Written November 10, 2020
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,584 contributions
A church, its legends and meanings ...
Sep. 2019
You are in Mtskheta, the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Kartlis (Eastern Georgia), exactly where Christianity was proclaimed the country's official religion in 337 AD. A city connected to a Georgian legend about Jesus Christ's "Sacred Mantle". According to this legend, a Jew from Mtskheta named Elias was in Jerusalem and, after the Crucifixion, bought the mantle from Roman soldiers and brought it to Georgia in the 1st century AD. His sister, Sidonia, after knowing the importance of the mantle, clutched it to her breast and immediately, overjoyed, died. She was buried holding and embracing firmly the "Sacred Mantle". Over her grave, a huge cedar tree grew, giving shade and protection to her tomb. Later on, in the 4th century AD, Saint Nino herself, after converting King Mirian and Queen Nana, chose to build the very first Christian Church of Georgia around Sidonia's tomb, chopping down the mentioned cedar tree. From it, seven pillars were cut and, with them, "Svetitskhoveli Cathedral" was built. To one of the pillars, miraculous properties were attributed. Therefore, if you translate "Svetitskhoveli Cathedral", from the old Georgian language into English, it means exactly "The Cathedral of the Life-Giving Pillar". Amazing legends of early Christianity in Georgia ... Saints Nino, Sidonia and Elias are among the first saints of the "Georgian Orthodox and Apostolic Church" and Saint Sidonia's tomb can still be visited in the interior of "Svetitskhoveli Cathedral". The actual church dates from the 11th century, with a defensive wall been added later, in the 18th century. This is one of the most venerated temples in Georgia, a masterpiece of the early local religious architecture and a place for burials and coronations of several Georgian Kings. No wonder, in 1994, Unesco has appointed "Svetitskhoveli Cathedral" as a World Heritage Site". One more reason to visit this ancient beautiful temple, full of legends and meanings! Unmissable! Enjoy!
Written May 17, 2020
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia2,857 contributions
Beautiful church
May 2019
The large cathedral is located in the heart of the city and as per the local legend is the burial place of Christ's mantle. The current structure dates back to the eleventh century and was built in place of an even older church dating back to the fourth century.

The three storied cathedral is beautifully decorated with frescos. It also has a replica of the church of the holy sepulchre inside. Several kings and important personalities are buried in the church.

The cathedral is located in a large garden and surrounded by a crenellated defensive wall complete with towers, bastions and other defensive structures. The grounds also hold the remains of a palace. A bell tower stands next to the entrance The cathedral is constructed of stone while the other structure have a mix of brick and stone.

The cathedral is worth a visit due to its historical significance.
Written March 26, 2020
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Bita N
Tehran Province, Iran469 contributions
Feb. 2020 • Couples
Beautiful church ,many brides and grooms get wed here.A local market selling Georgian sweet called Churchkhela,home made wine and souvenirs.
Written February 25, 2020
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Adam T
Stuttgart, Germany49 contributions
Still in use
Aug. 2019 • Business
Just the fact that it is still in use made it worth the trip for me. Great early architecture, well maintained and a great example of an early church. A nice market next door for souvenirs and a snack. Would have liked to spend more time in the town but was a bit rushed for work.
Written February 12, 2020
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands2,060 contributions
Lovely cathedral, but very touristy
Apr. 2019
Large cathedral in the city of Mtskheta. Not as old as nearby Jvari, but a lot bigger and more colourful on the inside. Big downside are the many tourist stalls outside the cathedral walls.
Written January 31, 2020
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Cardiff, UK1,980 contributions
Peaceful despite the crowds
Sep. 2019
We visited here in September 2019. The cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage site and therefore it was fairly busy but not too bad. Outside the complex is a range of cafes and shops to visit too.

The cathedral itself is large and grand. It's fairly stunning architecturally - it's very similar to other Georgian Orthodox churches but on a much larger scale both inside and out. The vastness inside meant that it didn't feel too crowded even with so many people there.

Definitely worth a visit to experience the history and scale of this place.
Written December 29, 2019
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