Saturday 30 April 2016

Historical Monuments of Mtskheta

Georgia is one of the favourite countries visited by Sini, who sent me this postcard. Nature, history, food and hospitable people are some of the things she enjoyed in this country. And she loved this cathedral, one of the three protected buildings of this site.

Svetitskhoveli Cathedral

Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (Georgianსვეტიცხოვლის საკათედრო ტაძარი, svet'icxovlis sak'atedro t'adzari; literally, "the Living Pillar Cathedral") is a Georgian Orthodox cathedral located in the historical town of MtskhetaGeorgia, 20 km (12 mi) northwest of the nation's capital of Tbilisi. It is the second largest church building in the country, after the recently consecrated Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi, and is listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site along with other historical monuments of Mtskheta.
Svetitskhoveli, known as the burial site of Christ's mantle, has long been the principal Georgian church and remains one of the most venerated places of worship to this day. The current cathedral was built in the eleventh century by the architect Arsukisdze, though the site itself is even older dating back to the early fourth century and is surrounded by a number of legends associated primarily with the early Christian traditions. - in: wikipedia

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