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Baptismal font On the right side from the entrance of the Cathedral is a stone baptismal font dating from the fourth century.
It is thought to have been used for the baptism of King Mirian and Queen Nana.
Remains of the original life-giving pillar are also here. Scenes of the lives of King Mirian and Queen Nana, and portraits of the first Christian , and his mother Helena, were painted by G. Traces of the foundations of the fourth-century church have been found here.
Throne of Catholicos-Patriarch The second structure aligned with the columns of the southern aisle was also built in the 17th century as the throne of Catholicos Diasamidze.
The green stone used in the drum of the cupola is from the 17th century.
The curved blind arcading throughout is unaltered from the 11th century.
Architecture Design and construction of modern Svetitskhovelivetitskhoveli Basilica The base of the three-storey after St.
Today, after much careful restoration, some few remnants survive including fragments of a 13th-century Beast of the Apocalypse and figures of the s, most of which are not original (the originals being in the national museums of Georgia).
The decoration of the church stonework also features carved grapes (as in many churches of Georgia), reflecting the country's ancient wine-making traditions.
, during the reign of George Iconstruction_cost=capacity=length=width=width_nave=height_max=dome_quantity=dome_height_outer=dome_height_inner=dome_dia_outer=dome_dia_inner=minaret_quantity=minaret_height=spire_quantity=spire_height=materials= and brought it back to Georgia.
Returning to his native city, he was met by his sister Sidonia who upon touching the robe immediately died from the emotions engendered by the sacred object. Odyssey Publications: Hong Kong, 1999.] The place where Sidonia is buried with 's robe is preserved in the Cathedral. Ordering the cedar chopped down to build the church, St.