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Grapevine cross

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Grapevine cross

The Grapevine Cross at Tbilisi Sioni Cathedral.

The Grapevine Cross (Christianity became the official religion in the kingdom of Iberia (Kartli).

It is recognisable by the slight drooping of its horizontal arms. Traditional accounts credit Saint Nino, a cross. The legend has it that she received the grapevine cross from the Virgin Mary (or, alternatively, she created it herself on the way to Mtskheta) and secured it by entwining with her own hair. Nino came with this cross on her mission to Georgia. However, the familiar representation of the cross, with its peculiar drooping arms, did not appear until the early modern era.

According to traditional accounts, the cross of St Nino was kept at

  1. ^ (Georgian) საქართველოს სიწმინდეები - ჯვარი ვაზისა. Accessed on April 4, 2007.


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