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At the end of seventeenth century Catholicos-Patriarch Ioane gave the title of Metropolitan to the Bishop of Tbilisi. Then, in 1794, King Erekle II of Kartli and Kakheti not only agreed with this decision but he returned the previous honor to Bishop of Tbilisi. In the decree the King said: the "Bishop of Tbilisi had a higher place in Church at councils... even when it was not capital, but Kutaisi... and he had privileges". The hierarchs of Tbilisi continued to use the title and privileges until the unions of Georgia with Russia and the Church of Georgia with [[Church of Russia]]. At that time the two dioceses of Mtskheta and Tbilisi were joined under the omophor of the [[Exarch of Georgia]].
With the restoration of autocephaly in 1917 the separate dioceses of Mtskheta and Tbilisi were restored. At the second Church Council on [[July 20]], 1920 these two dioceses were again united, now under omophor of the Georgian patriarch, and the words
“Archbishop of Mtskheta and Tbilisi