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The cathedral is shielded by a huge wall, built of stone and brick during the reign of King Erekle II.
The top of the wall was designed for military purposes hence the gun emplacements around it.
If you look at the façade of the Cathedral, you’ll find yourself discovering various images within the carvings that are fascinating. According to the legend the right hand of the architect was cut off, because a priest who had also been Arsukidze’s teacher was so jealous of how far his pupil had outranked him that he used his influence on the king.
The most important carving is on the external northern wall of the church and as you can see, it shows a right arm and a hand holding a chisel. According to the novel –‘The Hand of the Great’, King George was also jealous of Arsukidze over his lover – Shorena.
It was also said that from the magical seventh column a miracle working myrrh exuded, that cured various diseases.Svetitskhoveli has long been one of the principal Georgian Orthodox churches and is among the most venerated places of worship in the region.It is currently the second largest church in Georgia, after the Holy Trinity Cathedral.It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site (criterias: iii, iv) along with other historical monuments of Mtskheta. a) You can take a minibus (marshrutka) from Didube market in Tbilisi to the historic town of Mtskheta. The cost of the ride to Mtskheta is 1 GEL per person, getting a ticket is very convenient as it’s sold just next to the minibuses. b) Taking a taxi is another, more expensive, option that costs around 20 GEL. • In front of the Svetitskhoveli gate you can find the Tourism Administration Office that can provide some useful information.• There is a huge Open-air market that sells some local handmade goods.Be sure to negotiate the price before you take get in the car. This could include transportation and guidance as well. Not all of the shops offer credit card terminals so you should either carry cash with you, or get some money from the ATM that is near the Cathedral’s gate.• Minibuses from Mtskheta to the famous Jvari Monastery are available every day.• There is a lift at the entrance of the Cathedral for the people with disabilities.• Turkish sand Coffee is very common here, I think you should try some.• You can ride in the elegant horse-drawn carriages for just 20 GEL to briefly tour the city.