Georgia April 2018
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Pilgrimage tours to Georgia are primarily an opportunity to relax your soul, touch the great Orthodox shrines and be spiritually reborn. Of course, this is also an opportunity to see many interesting places and visit fascinating excursions. The desire of pilgrims to visit Georgia and pray in places where believers have been praying for several centuries in a row is not accidental. After all, Georgia was one of the first to adopt Christianity and is deservedly considered one of the world’s main treasures of the Orthodox faith. Georgia adopted Christianity from the very Apostle Andrew the First-Called, who brought the faith to the territory of Iberia (modern Georgia) already at the beginning of the first century.
According to Orthodox traditions, the Mother of God chose Georgia as one of her four destinies. In Georgia, the image of the Virgin Mary, brought by the Apostle Andrew, is kept-one of the main shrines of the Orthodox faith. On the territory of modern Georgia, such great companions of the faith preached: Simon the Canaanite, the Apostles Matthew and Bartholomew.
In the Svetitskhoveli temple in Mtskheta, the chiton of Jesus Christ is kept – a great miracle-working treasure of Christianity.
Christianity has had a great influence not only on the culture and customs of Georgia, but also on its architecture. They say that architecture is the soul of the country, depicted in stone. And when you see Georgia, you realize that this is really true. The churches, temples and monasteries of Georgia are striking in their simplicity, and at the same time grandeur. Some of the most beautiful temples of Georgia that you can see during the pilgrimage: Bolnisi Basilica, Ninotsminde Cathedral, Jarvi Temple, Tsromi Church, Svetitskhoveli Temple and others.