YEREVAN (Armenpress)–The Georgian Diocese of the Armenian Church described the ongoing destruction of Armenian monumen’s in Georgia as "acts of vandalism," in a recently released press release that also asks–"When will the nightmare–which has been sweeping over Georgia for the past decades–and has recently gained momentum–finally end?"
Armenian khachkars (cross-stones) are being destroyed in Kakheti region of Christian Georgia. "Georgian monks do not hide their intentions to destroy all monumen’s with Armenian inscriptions," they state–including the Gremi church in Kakheti provice.
According to the Diocese–many Armenian khachkars dating back to 12-17th centuries have been destroyed in the ecclesiastical complex of Gremi.
The complex is currently closed to the public for renovation. But the Georgian Armenian Church alleges that Monks from a nearby Georgian monastery are actually engaging in the destruction of Armenian cultural heritage during a period of "renovation."
"It is saddening that while Georgian ?patriots’ destroy Armenian cultural heritage?they do not realize that they are annihilating not only their own history–but also an all-Christian heritage that reaches far beyond the realm of national importance," the Diocese said.
Gremi–the former capital of the Kingdom of Kakheti is located on the left bank of the river Alazan. It became the capital of Kakheti in the year 1466. Armenia’s played an important role in the development of the town–as they controlled business and trade. The town blossomed and developed even more until the beginning of the 17th century–before the Persian invasions (1614-1616) led by Sheikh Abasa. Many historical documen’s detail Armenian presence in Gremi during the period.