The Cathedral is one of the most historic places in Tbilisi and one of the most important tourist attractions in Tbilisi . From the church you will have a unique view of the old city of Tbilisi, the modern bridge of peace and beautiful river that is very suitable for taking pictures and recording memories.
Tbilisi’s cable carts are located near the church and make it easier to access the church. All of this is a monumental cathedral in one of the best places in Tbilisi.
This church is one of the oldest churches in Georgia .
In the 19th century, when Georgia was involved with the Iranian navy and many of its important and historic buildings were destroyed, this beautiful 12th-century cathedral was exceptionally well survived.
The Tbilisi Sulfur Baths, which are another spectacular spot of Georgian tours , are near the church, you can go to this place to use its healing waters or massage.
The statue of King Vakhtang Gorgasali is on horseback riding in the churchyard dating to the 1960s.
The place of the statue is exactly where the king occupied a strategic point and built it in the same place of his palace and church.
Historical History of the Church:
The fortress church is located on the left bank of the Mtkvary River, on the rocky edge. This is considered the oldest residential city of the city. According to the historians, the first church in this place was probably built by the Vakhtang king-like monarch, symbolically built on the Virgin Mary’s Tomb in the Jatsimani Gardens in Jerusalem. The king also set up a castle next to the church. The production date of this collection dates back to the 12th century. During the reign of the Soviet Union, the church lost its religious identity and became a military garrison.
The Church is distinguished by its unusual construction among other churches. The church is unique with its dome-shaped roof amongst other churches. This dome has been destroyed and repaired for many times. Initially, they were made with shaved gems, but after the restoration of bricks to create a dome arc was used.
The fortress, which was previously built alongside the church, was destroyed in 1820-1810 and was replaced by a former black hole during the Soviet era. During the purge of religious centers, the Soviet-era ruler in Georgia, Pavlovich Beria ordered the complete destruction of the church, but faced a group of Georgian intellectuals and artisans. They convinced him that it could be used as a museum due to the magnificent graffiti in the church. Fortunately, the church was preserved, and in the late Soviet period it was even used as a theater hall. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the true use of the true church was restored.
In 1933, the black hole was destroyed and the territory around the church was completely flattened. Today, near the church, there is only a statue that shows the king on horseback. Due to its location along the river and the cable car of Georgia, the Cathedral has provided a great place for recreation and photography for tourists. Do not forget to visit this place on a trip to Georgia.