Holy Trinity Cathedral

Tbilisi, Georgia

The Holy Trinity Cathedral (known as Sameba) is the main cathedral of the Georgian Orthodox Church located in Tbilisi. Constructed between 1995 and 2004, it is the third-tallest Eastern Orthodox cathedral in the world and one of the largest religious buildings in the world by total area. Sameba is a synthesis of traditional styles dominating the Georgian church architecture at various stages in history and has some Byzantine undertones.

The Sameba Cathedral is erected on the Elia Hill, which rises above the left bank of the Kura River (Mtkvari) in the historic neighborhood of Avlabari in Old Tbilisi.

The cathedral consists of nine chapels (chapels of the Archangels, John the Baptist, Saint Nino, Saint George, Saint Nicholas, the Twelve Apostles, and All Saints); five of them are situated in a large, underground compartment. 

The Sameba complex, the construction of which is already completed, consists of the main cathedral church, a free-standing bell-tower, the residence of the Patriarch, a monastery, a clerical seminary and theological academy, several workshops, places for rest, etc.

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Tbilisi, Georgia
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Founded: 1995-2004
Category: Religious sites in Georgia

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James McAsey (13 months ago)
Enormous, intimidating orthodox cathedral that was only completed in 2004. Doesn't have the charm of the historical churches but worth a visit to see a modern cathedral built with seemingly no expense spared. Great views of Tbilisi from the cathedral. Remember to wear long pants for men, though you can purchase and disposable skirt for 5 lari.
Alexander Lortkipanidze (14 months ago)
This is the main orthodox cathedral of the country. From architectural viewpoint, the 3rd largest cathedral in Europe. It took 15 years to finish the building and its fully functional since 2004. Its bells are to be heard almost in the every central zone of Tbilisi when ringing. Great place for pilgrims, vital and one of the main places for the locals and a must visit place for tourists. Do not forget to cover up the shoulders and legs, a long dress is recommended for women (respect to local traditions and beliefs).
Srinivas P (14 months ago)
Round the world, I visited quite a few Churches and this one is worth visiting. It is huge and very colourful. The inside and outside are huge and spacious. It gives a very good view of Tbilisi city
pariss louis (15 months ago)
Absolutely stunning and a great picture opportunity for anyone that likes cathedrals! I didn't explore much of the inside of this place because I didn't want to seem disrespectful but definitely go see this place! Just remember to wear a scarf and cover your shoulders and legs :)
Mr M3 (15 months ago)
Great place.worth going. Holy vibes over here wonderful place. Wonderful scenery. One can have really good time here.
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