new cathedrals for brand new believers

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Tbilisi has several churches, but on top of that it also has one big fat towering cathedral. It’s this one:

Tbilisi cathedral from outside

The Holy Trinity Cathedral was constructed only a few years ago, and when I went inside to take a look it had a shiny new atmosphere as if it had just come out of a bunch of bubble wrap:

ceiling of Tbilisi cathedral

There was a little wedding ceremony, and behind the newly weds, there was some scaffolding around the altar:

Tbilisi cathedral

But the community seemed to be embracing their new cathedral:

inside Tbilisi cathedral

I went and lit two candles, as I always do:

candles in Tbilisi cathedral

Then I noticed that something else was going on. A bunch of people were standing around looking in the same direction, and some of them were filming:

cell phone in Tbilisi cathedral

Turns out that a few newly-arrived humans were undergoing what seemed to be a baptism ritual:

baby in Tbilisi cathedral

Not all of them thought it was awesome:

unhappy baby in Tbilisi cathedral

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