About Celebrations – ‘Svetitskhovloba’

On October 14, the Georgian Orthodox Church celebrated ‘Svetitskhovloba’. The celebration pays homage to Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (Georgian: სვეტიცხოველი) in the old capital of Mtskheta (Georgian: მცხეთა).

Svetitskhovloba

The cathedral stands on the site chosen by St. Nino as the place for the first church in Georgia and its name means “Life Giving Pillar”.

Svetitskhoveli Cathedral

Situated at the confluence of the Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers, the cathedral was built by architect Arsukidze in the early 11th century and is the place where Georgian kings were crowned and buried.

Svetitskhoveli Cathedral in Mtskhetia_Georgia

The ‘Svetitskhovloba’ celebration is also known as Mtskhetoba (Day of Mtskheta).

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The ‘Svetitskhovloba’ Celebration

Photos courtesy of Tbilisi Government.

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