Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, Mtskheta

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A World Heritage Site, Svetitskhoveli Cathedral dates back to the 4th century and is the legendary burial site of Jesus Christ's mantle. Visit the site to learn the story that goes with the claim of the burial place of garment, which involves its purchase after Christ's crucifixion. The church, founded by St. Nino, was the coronation and burial site for many of the kings of Georgia. You can also view a 4th-century stone baptismal font, believed to have been used to baptize King Miriam and Queen Nana, and the remnants of the life-giving pillar of legend. Put Svetitskhoveli Cathedral and other Mtskheta attractions into our Mtskheta vacation planning website, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • With just a short drive from the Jvari Monastery you will find the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. This extensive fortress complex has impressive artwork inside and interested stone work outside. My... 
    With just a short drive from the Jvari Monastery you will find the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. This extensive fortress complex has impressive artwork inside and interested stone work outside. My...  more »
  • This used to be Georgia's biggest church until the new Sameba cathedral in Tbilisi was built. It is also a very relevant place for the believers as it is said that a piece of cloth of Jesus Christ is....  more
    This used to be Georgia's biggest church until the new Sameba cathedral in Tbilisi was built. It is also a very relevant place for the believers as it is said that a piece of cloth of Jesus Christ is....  more »
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  • Most amazing church to visit. Try to visit on Sunday. Amazing atmosphere with a great market just outside to shop for souvenirs. If you get a chance get hold of the amazing priest in the church who happily welcomes the crowd. Things not to miss Church ( obviously) The market Wine ice cream Pomegranate juice Wine of course
  • Must visit historical place if you're traveling Georgia or staying in Tbilisi for few days. Better to read some history about the place before visiting or hire a guide, it will get much more interesting. Also, better to hire a car and drive, as public transport doesn't go there. Same dress code is applied as in other Georgian orthodox churches: for women to wear scarf and a dress ( both can be found at the entrance in a basket), and for men no shorts and hats.

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