About Sights – Tsalenjikha Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Savior

Built in the 12th-14th centuries, the Tsalenjikha Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Savior (Georgian: წალენჯიხის მაცხოვრის ფერისცვალების საკათედრო ტაძარი) is located in the town of Tsalenjikha (Georgian: წალენჯიხა) in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region.

Tsalenjikha Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Savior

Tsalenjikha Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Savior

The cathedral is a central cross-domed church with a narthex (an entrance or lobby area typical of early Christian and Byzantine churches) and three arcaded galleries.

Tsalenjikha Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Savior

Tsalenjikha Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Savior

The interior of the cathedral was decorated with murals in the 14th century by Cyrus Emanuel Eugenicus, a Byzantine artist from Constantinople.

Murals by Cyrus Emanuel Eugenicus

Murals by Cyrus Emanuel Eugenicus

Mural by Cyrus Emanuel Eugenicus

Mural by Cyrus Emanuel Eugenicus

Interior of the Tsalenjikha Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Savior

Interior of the Tsalenjikha Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Savior

How to get there? The town of Tsalenjikha is 325 km from Tbilisi (about 4 hours drive).

Interior of the Tsalenjikha Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Savior. Photo by Alsandro via Wikimedia Commons

Interior of the Tsalenjikha Cathedral Church. Photo by Alsandro via Wikimedia Commons

Unless otherwise indicated, all photos courtesy of the National Agency for the Protection of Cultural Heritage.

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