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Georgia marks Svetitskhovloba honoring historical cathedral of the country
14 October, 2017
On October 14, whole Georgia celebrates Svetitskhovloba, a national holiday dedicated to the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral ("the Living Pillar Cathedral") that is located in Georgia’s historical city  of Mtskheta. In other words the festival is also reffered to as Mtskhetoba (celebrating the day of Mstkheta city). The day is annually cerebrated and it is a national holiday.

The cathedral is a holly place for Georgians, since Jesus Christ's robe, brought by a Georgian Jew from Jerusalem in the 1st century AD, is buried there. This incredibly beautiful cathedral was built in the 4th century at the confluence of the Mtkvari and Aragvi rivers, chosen by St. Nino.
A masterpiece of the Early Middle Ages, Svetitskhoveli is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. It is currently the second largest church building in Georgia, after the Holy Trinity Cathedral.

On October 14, Georgian Orthodox Church also celebrates the day of King Mirian and Queen Nana, who reigned in 4th century. They were the first monarchs in the country, who converted to Christianity.

On this day special religious services are held throughout the churches in Georgia. Orthodox Christian pilgrims and visitors flock to the country’s ancient capital city Mtskheta, just outside Tbilisi, to mark the annual day of the city and its unique cathedral.

Photo courtesy Giorgi Nikolava
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