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Patriarchate of Georgia doesn't oppose the restoration of the Bagrati Cathedral2012-06-21 12:54
The Patriarchate of Georgia issued a statement on the situation around the Bagrati Cathedral in Kutaisi, which is among the UNESCO World Heritage sites, the GHN reported.gt-en-newsitem-inside
June 20, a meeting of the architects, members of the Scientific Council of the National Agency for the Protection of Cultural Heritage and the Patriarchate of Georgia, was held.
"For the Church, as well as for the state, the restoration of the cathedral is of particular importance, since this is a symbol of united Georgia", said in a statement.
"Representatives of the Council of the Patriarchate have once again confirmed the position that they consider it necessary to suspend the ongoing work in the west wing of the temple, which was noted in the disposal of the Catholicos-Patriarch, and that does not mean the suspension of work in the rest of the church. The Council has again raised the question of dismantling metallic structures, established in the west wing", also said in the statement.
Representatives of the National Agency asked for time to agree the position with the Ministry of Culture.
On the eve, during the Sunday's sermon, the head of the Georgian Orthodox Church Ilia II said of the need to suspend the restoration work in the Bagrati Cathedral, claiming that they were being conducted without the consent of the Church. June 18, restoration work was temporarily suspended, the News-Georgia reported.