Pictures & Images of Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, Mtskheta, Georgia (country) - { 102 images } Created 28 Dec 2018

Pictures photos images of the Svetitskhoveli Georgian Eastern Orthodox Cathedral (Cathedral of the Living Pillar) , Mtskheta, Georgia (country). A UNESCO World Heritage Site. Svetitskhoveli Cathedral was originally built in the 4th century during the reign of Mirian III of Kartli (Iberia). In 1029 the Georgian architect Arsukisdze deigned the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral that stands today despite being subject to earthquake damage, as well as being sacked by Timur (Tamerlane) and in the 20th century by Soviet Russian subjugation of Georgia who whitewashed over and removed frescoes from inside the Cathedral. Today the surviving medieval artworks and frescoes of Svetitskhoveli Cathedral have been restored. A medieval Ciborium covered in frescoes is supposed to house the robe of Jesus is said to have been buried in. The story goes that in the 1st century AD a Georgian Jew from Mtskheta named Elias was in Jerusalem when Jesus was crucified. Elias bought Jesus’ robe from a Roman soldier at Golgotha and brought it back to Georgia. Returning to his native city, he was met by his sister Sidonia who upon touching the robe immediately died from the emotions engendered by the sacred object. The robe could not be removed from her grasp, so she was buried with it.[4] The place where Sidonia is buried with Christ's robe is preserved in the Cathedral. On the south side there is a small stone church built into the Cathedral. This is a symbolic copy of the Chapel of Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Built between the end of the 13th and the beginning the 14th centuries, it was erected here to mark Svetitskhoveli as the second most sacred place in the world (after the church of Jerusalem), thanks to Christ’s robe. The cathedral interior walls were once fully adorned with medieval frescoes, but many of them did not survive. In the 1830s, when Emperor Nicholas I was scheduled to visit Mskheta, Russian authorities razed the galleries and whitewashed timeless frescoes as part of an effort to give the cathedral a "tidier look"; in the end the Czar never even came. Today, after much careful restoration, some frescoes survive, including a 13th-century depiction of the "Beast of the Apocalypse" and figures of the Zodiac. Download Pictures & images of the Svetitskhoveli Georgian Eastern Orthodox Cathedral or buy as photo art prints.

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