Standing in the center of Mtskheta, the grand Svetitskhoveli Cathedral has stood for centuries as one of Georgia’s most sacred Christian structures. Originally built in the early 4th century to house the robe of Christ which was brought by a Georgian Jew after witnessing Christ’s crucifixion. This relic helped establish the site as a cornerstone of the Georgian Orthodox Church.
Svetitskhoveli later grew into the largest cathedral in Georgia despite witnessing numerous invasions and changes of rule. Today, the cathedral remains the symbolic heart of the Georgian Orthodox faith, embedded in Georgia’s history and identity. Pilgrims and visitors alike continue to flock to this cathedral, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to experience the serene and spiritual nature of this structure.
The cathedral sits in the center of Mtskheta, a large town 30 minutes north of Tbilisi.
Constructed in the 14th century A.D.
Due to its remote location, this church hid precious relics of the Georgian church during times of war.
A vastly popular hiking destination nowadays. A paved road now even leads to the base of the church. No entrance fee collected.
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