Tsminda Sameba (Holy Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi)
Georgia, Tbilisi

Tsminda Sameba (Georgian წმინდა სამება - “The Holy Trinity”); Holy Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi - the main cathedral of the Georgian Orthodox Church; located in Tbilisi, on the hill of St. Ilya (left bank of the Kura). There are 13 thrones in the cathedral; lower church in honor of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary; separately stands the belfry.
The construction of the new cathedral was planned in 1989 in connection with the celebration of the 1500th anniversary of the autocephaly of the Georgian church and in commemoration of the 2000th anniversary of Christianity [1]. The competition for the construction of the temple was won by Archil Mindiashvili’s project, designed in retrospect. The height of the upper temple is 105.5 meters (without a domed cross 98 meters and a cross 7.5 meters); length from east to west - 77 meters, from north to south - 65 meters; total area - more than 5.000 square meters.
The temple was founded on November 23, 1995; construction was carried out with donations from ordinary citizens and large businessmen. The first service in the cathedral under construction was held on December 25, 2002. It was consecrated exactly 9 years after the laying, on the day of St. George the Victorious, the heavenly patron of Georgia; The consecration was performed by the Patriarch-Catholicos Elijah II, co-served by bishops and clergy of the Georgian Church, as well as representatives of the Constantinople, Alexandria, Antioch, Russian, Serbian, Romanian, Cypriot, Greek, Polish, Albanian Churches, and the Orthodox Church in America.
After the consecration, the Catholicos Chair of Georgia was transferred to the Trinity Cathedral from Sioni.

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