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Holy Mother Virgin Nativity Cathedral

The Nativity of the Most Holy Mother of God stands as the principal cathedral of the Diocese of Batumi and Lazeti. Originally erected as a Roman Catholic Church at the dawn of the 20th century, it was generously funded by the renowned Zubalashvilebi brothers. During the Soviet era, the temple was confiscated by the government and repurposed as an archive, later serving as a high-voltage laboratory. Following Georgia's independence in 1991, the Cathedral was returned to the Georgian Orthodox Church.

Constructed as a three-aisled basilica with an elongated pentagonal apse, the cathedral sits atop a raised foundation along the west-east axis. Flanking the altar on either side are single-story square chambers symbolizing Christendom. Two lofty bell towers adorn the west facade. Adorning the interior are vibrant murals depicting scenes from the Old and New Testaments on the walls, with the four Evangelists depicted beneath the cupola and the twelve Apostles above the candlesticks. Atop the altar, a colorful fresco of the Coronation of the Holy Mother graces the upper level, accompanied by portraits of various saints, including St. Nicholas and the Popes of Rome. Of particular significance are the wall paintings depicting scenes from the life and Passion of Christ.

The mosaic floor beneath the main entrance gate bears the construction dates 1897-1903.

Adorned with special stones that change color depending on the weather, the Holy Mother Cathedral exudes an air of mystery, adding to its allure and grandeur.

Working: Every day 09:00-22:00

Entrance: free of charge
Dress code: required

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