On May 21, a cross was raised and placed on the cupola of the Shalva Akhaltsikheli Cathedral under construction at April 9 Street in Akhaltskha. Mitropolit of Akhaltsikhe and Tao-Klarjeti Teodore Tchuadze and other clergymen blessed the bronze cross and conducted a liturgy. With an altitude of 2.5 meters and a weight of 250, the cross was sculpted by the order of the family of Vasil Ivanidze, which has launched construction of the cathedral. Construction of the Shalva Akhaltsikheli Cathedral was launched in 2009.
Among those attending the ceremony of raising the cross were believers, clergymen, as well as representatives of the regional and local authorities.