Tsalenjikha Cathedral Church

Tsalenjikha Cathedral was built around the X-XI centuries. It is a domed church, built of pink stone, with entrances on three sides. The Cathedral facades are richly carved with figures.

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Tsalenjikha Cathedral Church

Tsalenjikha Cathedral was built around the X-XI centuries. It is a domed church, built of pink stone, with entrances on three sides. The Cathedral facades are richly carved with figures. Inside, the walls are painted with frescoes of saints and portraits of the builders of the temple. The hall columns are decorated with many Georgian and Greek inscriptions, which state that the interior of the cathedral was painted by order of the Prince of Mingrelia, Vamekh Dadiani, by a Greek artist Cyrus Manuel Evgenikus who was specially invited from Constantinople. 
 
This painting is the only surviving example of Constantinople painting of the XIV century, precisely dated and signed by the artist. Together with the basic Christian celebrations in the church they represent the Passion and Miracles of Christ, the Virgin Mary’s childhood, and the lives  of St. George, St. John the Baptist and St. Nicholas. 
 
In the XVII century, damaged areas of the Cathedral were restored by Tsalendzhikha Bishop Eudaimon Dzhaiani. 
 
By order of Levan II Dadiani a chapel was built onto the cathedral, the walls of which are decorated with frescoes of the XVI-XIX centuries. 
 
Originally the church was surrounded by a high wall of hewn stone, which over the centuries was destroyed. In the XIX century a simple stone wall was built on the remaining ruins.

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