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In 1227 Turkish Sultan Jalal al-Din of Khwarazm attacked Georgia and was defeated. Persians living in Tbilisi opened city gates at night and Georgians were massacred. The sultan ordered the Sioni Cathedral dome be taken down and replaced by his throne. He took Virgin Mary and Jesus icons out, placing them at the center of the bridge across Mtkvari River. Invaders ordered people to cross the bridge and spit on the icons. 100,000 refused. They were beheaded and their bodies thrown in the…

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