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Bolnisi Sioni Church is located in the village of Kvemo-Bolnisi, 70 km away from Tbilisi, in the South-East of Georgia. The construction of the church dates back to 478-493 A.D., during the reign of the king Vakhtang Gorgasali. This was when the state and unique national culture were formed and Georgian church became independent from Constantinople.The building, which still functions, is the oldest in Georgia, and moreover, the inscriptions on its façade represent the first samples of Georgian writing.  Pagan sculptural elements such as animals and birds merge with the Christian motifs. The cross embossed on the eastern façade of the church, later called Bolnisi cross, became one of the symbols of the state. it is depicted on the modern flag of Georgia