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The burial site of King Vakhtang Gorgasali, the founder of Tbilisi, is also here. It was erected inside the Cathedral to mark Svetitskhoveli as the second most sacred Christian place in the world (after the Church of Jerusalem).The church is a symbolic copy of the Chapel of The Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.Svetitskhoveli has long been one of the principal Georgian Orthodox churches and is among the most venerated places of worship in the region.It is currently the second largest church in Georgia, after the Holy Trinity Cathedral.The cathedral is shielded by a huge wall, built of stone and brick during the reign of King Erekle II.The top of the wall was designed for military purposes hence the gun emplacements around it.Despite many attempts to remove it from her, Sidonia was buried holding the robe. Nino had seven columns made from the tree for the church’s foundation.
Inside the church yard, the remains of the two-story castle of Patriarch Anton II were found.
They say the architect didn’t even live to see his masterpiece finished.
Svetitskhoveli Cathedral is the place where Georgian kings were crowned and buried.
So the name is literally translated as ‘The Living Pillar’.
Moreover, there is a legend for how the cathedral got its name.