The name of Sioni is associated with Jerusalem or, rather, with the mountain of Sion. This temple houses the famous cross of Saint Nino - the one that brought Christianity to Georgia. Since the Georgian cross was made of vines, its horizontal crossbar was lowered down. In this temple is buried priest Ambrose Hilaria. He was brutally tortured by the Bolsheviks. It is said that before his death, he said to his executioners: My soul belongs to God, the heart to Georgia, and with the body, you can do what you want, murderers.