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Metekhi Temple

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metekhi temple

On the rocky coast of the river Kura, on a small hill, there stands eyewitness of the long history of Tbilisi - the temple Metekhi. First, there stood a palace of local kings, which was ostensibly constructed by Vakhtang Gorgasali, founder of the city. In the XII century the church itself was constructed, which has been preserved to nowadays.

During its existence it has been time after time destroyed and rebuilt again. In the XIII century it was razed to the ground by Mongols, but it was immediately restored. In XV century it was destroyed by the Persians, and in the XVI-XVII centuries, it was permanently rebuilt by the Georgian kings. Near the temple in the XVII century the citadel was built, which was later turned into a prison, and in the middle of XX century it was fully leveled. But the temple has undergone abuse, when in the XIX century it was converted into barracks Cossack regiment. In the middle of XX century, it hardly survived in the demolition of the neighboring castle and in 1987 was thoroughly renovated and returned to possession of the Georgian Church.

In the temple there is a holy burial Shushanik, Georgia's first martyr. And next to the church is a memorial to the founder of the city Vakhtang Gorgasali. Metekhi – is a true symbol of Georgia's belief, culture and history.

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