Visiting Anchiskhati Basilica, Orthodox church in Tbilisi, Georgia, United States
The Anchiskhati Basilica of St Mary is the oldest surviving church in Tbilisi, Georgia. It belongs to the Georgian Orthodox Church and dates from the sixth century.
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Traveling Georgia: The Anchiskhati Basilica in Tbilisi
In the historical district, in upper Kala, on Shavteli street the Anchiskhati basilica is located, the church dates back to the 6th century, and according to the historical sources it was constructed by Dachi Ujarmeli ( from Ujarma) and it was bearing the name of the Virgin Mary’s birth. The name Anchiskhati was given to it a little bit later, when Peter Meskhi moved the image of Christ not made by hand from the Anchi church to this one in 1675, Peter was granted the position of a pastor by the Catholicon Domenti. From this day on the Meskhishvilis were pastors of the church. The son of Peter- Alex is the founder of the calligraphers’ dynasty called the Aleximaskhishvilis.
Anchiskhati Basilica, Tbilisi ( ანჩისხატის ეკლესია, თბილისი )
ანჩისხატი — დარბაზული ტიპის სამნავიანი ქრისტიანული ტაძარი თბილისში. ანჩისხატის ეკლესია სამნავიანი ბაზილიკაა, ნაშენია თლილი ქვით (თავდაპირველი ფენა), ხოლო კედლების ზედა ნაწილები და ყველა შიგნითა ბოძი აგურისაა (XVII საუკუნის რესტავრაცია). ეკლესია ნავებად იყოფა თაღების საშუალებით. აფსიდი, ნავებს შორის ამოყვანილი ერთ-ერთი თაღედი და ღია ლუნეტები დასავლეთ და ჩრდილოეთ შესასვლელების თავზე ნალისებრი ფორმისაა. თავდაპირველად აქ სამი წყვილი ბოძი ყოფილა (ნაცვლად ახლანდელი ორისა). ეკლესიას ძველი სახელი არ შერჩენია. ანჩისხატი XVIII საუკუნეში ეწოდა, როდესაც აქ ანჩის (სამხრეთ საქართველოს) მონასტრიდან ბექა ოპიზარის (XII საუკუნე) მიერ მოჭედილი მაცხოვრის ხატი გადმოასვენეს (ამჟამად დაცულია საქართველოს ხელოვნების სახელმწიფო მუზეუმში).
According to the old Georgian annals, the church was built by the King Dachi of Iberia (circa 522-534) who had made Tbilisi his capital. Originally dedicated to the Virgin Mary, it was renamed Anchiskhati (i.e., icon of Ancha) in 1675 when the treasured icon of the Savior created by the twelfth-century goldsmith Beka Opizari at the Ancha monastery in Klarjeti (in what is now part of northeast Turkey) was moved to Tbilisi so preserve it from an Ottoman invasion. The icon was preserved at the Basilica of St Mary for centuries (it is now on display at the Art Museum of Georgia).
The Anchiskhati Choir based out of the Anchiskhati Basilica is the world's leading exponent of Georgian polyphonic Choral music.
Anchiskhati Basilica -- Christmas Night Liturgy 2012
Ancient Georgian singing performed by the choir of Anchiskhati Basilica, the oldest surviving church in Tbilisi, Georgia. Orthodox Christmas Night Liturgy, January 7, 2012.
Tbilisi Travel Guide - Georgia Amazing Atmosphere
Tbilisi Travel Guide - Georgia Amazing Atmosphere
Tbilisi (Georgian: თბილისი) is the capital and the largest city of Georgia, lying on the banks of the Kura River with a population of roughly 1.5 million inhabitants. Tbilisi is known for its distinctive architecture, which reflects the city's storied past and comprises an eclectic mix of Medieval, Neoclassical, Art Nouveau, Stalinist and Modernist structures. Present-day Tbilisi is one of the safest cities in Europe and frequently ranks among the most popular emerging destinations thanks to Georgia's growing tourism industry.
Tbilisi lies in the centre of eastern Georgia, in the foothills of the Trialeti mountain range. According to Georgian legends, it was founded in the 5th century by King Vakhtang Gorgasali who, while hunting, shot a pheasant which fell into a warm spring and was either boiled or healed. Either way, the king was inspired to found a city on the site, and the name of the city derives from the Georgian word tbili meaning warm.
Tbilisi has cool winters and warm summers. There is very little rain. It rains only 70 days per year. It is common to snow in Tbilisi in the beginning of the year. Most rain falls on the summer months. Summers in Tbilisi can get very hot, with the record high being 42°C, winters can get cold with the record low being -24.4°C.
Main transport inside and outside Tbilisi city is bus and minibus - marshrutka. Tbilisi has a two-line metro system. City buses are yellow or blue, and come in various sizes. The bus number and a description of the route are usually listed on signs in the bus windows, but only in Georgian. Tbilisi had a tram network, since 1883 starting from horse-driven trams and from 25 December 1904 electric tramway.
Historically, Tbilisi has been home to people of multiple cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds, though it is currently overwhelmingly Eastern Orthodox Christian. Its notable tourist destinations include cathedrals Sameba and Sioni, Freedom Square, Rustaveli Avenue and Agmashenebeli Avenue, medieval Narikala Fortress, the pseudo-Moorish Opera Theater, and the Georgian National Museum.
Beyond traditional attractions, Tbilisi has developed burgeoning nightclub culture which started to attract international media attention in the 2010s. The leading clubs such as Bassiani, Mtkvarze, Khidi, and Café Gallery have featured major international DJs as well as local performers.
Tbilisi has important landmarks and sightseeing locations. The Parliament and the government (State Chancellery) buildings of Georgia, as well as the Supreme Court of Georgia, are in Tbilisi. The city has important cultural landmarks such as the Georgian National Museum, Tbilisi State Conservatoire, Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre, Shota Rustaveli State Academic Theatre, Marjanishvili State Academic Theatre, the Sameba Cathedral, the Vorontsov's Palace (also known as the Children's Palace today), many state museums, the National Public Library of the Parliament of Georgia, the National Bank of Georgia, Tbilisi Circus, The Bridge of Peace and other important institutions. During the Soviet times, Tbilisi continuously ranked in the top four cities in the Soviet Union for the number of museums. Out of the city's historic landmarks, the most notable are the Narikala fortress (4th–17th century), Anchiskhati Basilica (6th century, built up in the 16th century), Sioni Cathedral (8th century, later rebuilt), and Church of Metekhi.
A lot to see in Tbilisi such as :
Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi
Bridge of Peace
Shota Rustaveli Avenue
Tbilisi Sioni Cathedral
Freedom Square, Tbilisi
Georgian National Museum
National Botanical Garden of Georgia
Metekhi St. Virgin Church
Tbilisi Open Air Museum of Ethnography
Art Museum of Georgia
Georgian National Opera Theater
Ceremonial Palace of Georgia
Jan Shardeni Street
Gino Paradise Tbilisi
Saint George's Church, Tbilisi
The Dezerter Bazaar
Georgian House Restaurant
Tbilisi TV Broadcasting Tower
Tbilisi Aerial Tramway
Tbilisi History Museum
Tbilisi National Park
The Chronicle of Georgia
( Tbilisi - Georgia ) is well know as a tourist destination because of the variety of places you can enjoy while you are visiting Tbilisi . Through a series of videos we will try to show you recommended places to visit in Tbilisi - Georgia
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Traveling Georgia: The Synagogue in Tbilisi
Easter Service at Anchiskhati
Georgian medieval Easter singing at Anchiskhati Basilica, the oldest surviving church in Tbilisi (6th century).
The Anchiskhati Ensemble with Ethnomusicologist John Graham
The Anchiskhati Ensemble of Tbilisi, Georgia, present a program of Easter and Lenten music from the Orthodox paschal cycle in Georgia, introduced by Dr. John A. Graham of Yale University. In addition to unaccompanied polyphonic chants from the Paschal cycle, the performance includes several para-liturgical songs from the folk repertory, accompanied by traditional instruments such as the goatskin bagpipe (chiboni) and a four-string lute (chonguri). The performers are David Shugliashvili, Zaal Tsereteli, Levan Veshapidze and David Zatiashvili.
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Traveling Georgia: On top Of Tbilisi
Short visit of Tbilisi (Géorgie/Georgia)
Tbilisi is the capital and the largest city of the Republic of Georgia, lying on the banks of the Mtkvari (Kura) River. From an early Georgian form Tpilisi derived both Armenian Teplis and Greek Tiflis, and the latter form was borrowed by Russian, so that until 1936 its official name in Russian was Тифлис (Tiflis) and until recently it was frequently referred to as Tiflis by non-Georgians. The city covers an area of 726 km² (280.3 square miles) and has 1,093,000 inhabitants.
Founded in the 5th century AD by Vakhtang Gorgasali, the Georgian King of Kartli (Iberia), and made into a capital in the 6th century, Tbilisi is a significant industrial, social, and cultural center. The city is also emerging as an important transit route for global energy and trade projects. Located strategically at the crossroads between Europe and Asia and lying along the historic Silk Road routes, Tbilisi has often been the point of contention between various rivaling powers and empires. The history of the city can be seen by its architecture, where the Haussmannized Rustaveli avenue and downtown are blended with the narrower streets of the medieval Narikala district.
The demographics of the city is diverse and historically it has been home to peoples from different cultures, religions and ethnicities. Despite being overwhelmingly Orthodox Christian, Tbilisi is one of the few places in the world where a synagogue and a mosque are located next to each other, in the ancient Bath district several hundred meters from the Metekhi Church. In recent times, Tbilisi has become known for the peaceful Rose Revolution, which took place around Freedom Square and nearby locations after the contested parliamentary elections of 2003 led to the resignation of the Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze.
Tbilisi has one international airport. Notable tourist destinations include Tbilisi Sameba Cathedral, Freedom Square, Sioni Cathedral, Metekhi, Narikala, Parliament of Georgia, Rustaveli Avenue, Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre, Anchiskhati Basilica, Mtatsminda (Holy Mountain), Kashveti Church along with the National and Historic Museums of Georgia and numbers of art galleries. Tbilisi is the home of famous artists. The city life was immortalized in their art by Niko Pirosmani and Lado Gudiashvili.
Church Jvaris-Mama (Tbilisi, Georgia) / თბილისის ჯვარის მამის ეკლესია
Jvaris-Mama - this name comes from a Georgian church in Jerusalem. On this very place there was a small temple in the 5th century which was destroyed by Mongols' invasion. The church was restored in the 16th century. During Aga-Mohamed-Khan conquest it was repeatedly demolished. Then it was renewed in 1825. Reconstruction works are now going on.
Old Tbilisi view from Metekhi church /Tbilisi Georgia / vlog #13
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Churchkhela is a traditional Georgian cuisine candle-shaped candy. The main ingredients are grapes must, nuts and flour. Almond, walnuts, hazelnuts, and chocolate and sometimes raisins are threaded onto a string, dipped in thickened grapes juices and dried in the shape of sausage.
King Vakhtang Gorgasali of the chosroid dynasty, was a king of Iberia, natively known as Kartli (eastern Georgia) in the second half of 5th and first quarter of the 6th century.
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METEKHI & SIONI CHURCH TBILISI GEORGIA
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TRAVEL GUIDE: TBILISI, GEORGIA
Georgia is a country located at the intersection of Eastern Europe and West Asia, and is generally considered to be part of Europe. Georgia is a land with a magnificent history and an unparalleled natural beauty. Tbilisi is the capital and largest city of the nation of Georgia, a former Soviet republic.
Here are the things to do in Georgia:
Narikala - It offers stunning views at every turn and is a particular delight at night when the city lights shine below.
Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi (Sameba) - It is the third highest Orthodox cathedral in the world, and it symbolizes Georgian national and spiritual revival.
Svetitskhoveli Cathedral - The column of this church subsequently worked many miracles, and Svetitskhoveli means “Life-Giving Column.”
Jvari - This monastery is standing on the edge of a high rock and is in wonderful harmony with the severe, but extremely picturesque nature of the area.
Rustaveli Avenue - It is often considered the main thoroughfare of Tbilisi due to the large number of governmental, public, cultural, and business buildings that are located along or near the avenue.
Sulphur Bath - The Tbilisi bathhouses all have private rooms of varying standards, sizes, and prices.
Meidan Bazaar - This bazaar is in the underground tunnel shop, where all Georgian souvenirs and local handicrafts are assembled.
Anchiskhati Basilica of Saint Mary - The doors of the Anchiskhati church are decorated with traditional Georgian crosses similar to the one made by St. Nino.
Mtskheta - One of the oldest cities of Georgia, it is located approximately 20 kilometres north of Tbilisi, at the confluence of the Kura and Aragvi rivers.
Gergeti Trinity Church - The church is situated on the right bank of the river Chkheriat at an elevation of 2170 meters under Mount Kazbegi.
Try Georgian cuisine - Khinkali is a popular dumpling made with a variety of fillings.
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Α walk in Tbilisi, Georgia - თბილისი
Embedded subtitles in English – Ελληνικοί υπότιτλοι
We woke up to torrential rain but the day was finally sunny. Beginning our walk to the old city walls we met a wedding. We saw the clock tower, the Anchiskhati Basilica, the tourist center of the city, the Patriarchate and the Sioni Cathedral.
Ξυπνήσαμε με καταρρακτώδη βροχή αλλά η ημέρα ήταν τελικά ηλιόλουστη. Ξεκινώντας τη βόλτα μας στα παλιά τείχη της πόλης συναντήσαμε έναν γάμο. Είδαμε τον πύργο του ρολογιού, τη βασιλική Anchiskhati, το τουριστικό κέντρο της πόλης, το Πατριαρχείο και τον καθεδρικό ναό Sioni.
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Midsummer Night's Dream (by Mendelssohn)
Parkside by Dan Lebowitz
Distant Lands by Hanu Dixit
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Anchiskhati choir singing Alleluia
Responses sung by the Anchiskhati choir during the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, February 6, 2011, Tbilisi, Georgia.
2nd Visit of Tbilisi, Georgia (2019)
This is the second visit of Tbilisi after visingting couple of other area of Georgia. Tbilisi ia a beautiful city with many historic landmarks such as monasteries, castles. The most notable are the Narikala fortress, Anchiskhati Basilica, Sioni Cathedral (8th century, later rebuilt), and Church of Metekhi, Sulfur Bath, and Tbilisi Old City. Their food and wines were so good.
3D Laser Scanning. Georgia. Anchiskhati
VI Century Church, Tbilisi, Georgia.