Wherever you go in Tbilisi, you will see the golden dome of the Holy Trinity Sameba Cathedral. I think you would love to know more about it as this church is one of the main sights of Tbilisi.
This breathtaking cathedral is very important for all Georgians as many people took part in constructions, especially the wealthy citizens. In 1995, when there was the only foundation, people wrote their names and wishes on the stones and they put them in the base. The most interesting fact about its construction was the contest. When the Patriarchate (the highest position in Orthodox Church) announced a contest for the cathedral’s project, nobody won in the first round, despite the fact that more than hundred projects were submitted. Finally, they chose a unique design of architect Archil Mindiashvili. So the cathedral was constructed between 1995 and 2004.
Sameba is the third highest Orthodox cathedral in the world. It proudly rises above the left bank of the Mtkvari River and watches over the whole capital. In total, the cathedral is around 100 m including underground floors. The reason why Sameba looks so stunning is that they used only natural materials in the construction process. Attention is paid to the single details. The beautiful floor which is made of marble tiles and the chapel which they decorated with mosaic makes the cathedral breathtaking. Furthermore, the most talented group of artists painted the frescoes.
When you enter the church you feel a very strong energy and positive vibes. Apart from its beauty, the main reason for these feelings is that the foundation of the cathedral was done according to all traditions and rules. They used pieces from the saint places in the construction of the cathedral's base. They also brought the earth from Jerusalem. The Patriarch and the President ordered bells for the cathedral in Germany.
Apart from the Holy Trinity Cathedral, the complex includes the residence of the Patriarch, a monastery, hotel and the museum. It also includes nine churches, five of which are located under the ground.
Sameba is one of the most magnificent churches in the Orthodox world and I guess it is worth visiting especially if you love exploring such interesting places!
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