YEREVAN–The St. Etchmiadzin church–located in the Havlabar Armenian district of Tbilisi–Georgia–will be refurbished and restored to its cultural splendor. Reconstruction of the church is being sponsored by Armenia Fund’s Argentinean affiliate–Fundo Nacional Armenia. The project is also co-sponsored by the Holy See of Etchmiadzin.
This project marks the first time that Armenia Fund will finance and oversee major reconstruction outside of Armenia’s borders–in neighboring Georgia.
Built in 1805–the ancient church has been regularly used for Holy Mass–even during Soviet times. However–due to a lack of funds the church has never seen any large scale maintenance–let alone restoration. Situated in an earthquake-prone region–the church fell victim to several smaller earthquakes and other natural disasters. The church’s exterior and interior are scarred with cracks. Unfortunately–the Armenian community of Georgia is unable to provide large scale financing at the moment to restore the church.
Armenia Fund–aside from organizing large scale infrastructure development projects in Armenia and Karabagh–places great value on the restoration of Armenian cultural monumen’s and churches. This project will be the first major cultural restoration project for Armenia Fund.
Currently–the project is in its initial design stage–expected to be completed by March 10–2006. After this stage–Armenia Fund will begin the construction stage–which will first encompass water drainage from the foundation and then strengthening of the external support walls.
Armenia Fund–Inc.–is a non-profit 501(3) tax-exempt corporation established in 1993 to facilitate large-scale humanitarian and infrastructure development assistance to Armenia and Karabagh.