TBILISI (ArmRadio)—The Georgian Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church will apply to the Office of the State Register of Georgia for legal registration, based on a law adopted last year, which provides a status of legal entity to five religious entities in Georgia, including the Armenian Apostolic Church.
If the registration is granted by the Georgian authorities, the Diocese will have legal rights.
“We will apply to the Georgian Government with the request to return all our churches,” Primate of the Georgian Diocese Bishop Vazgen Mirzakhanyan told ArmRadio.
He said that a commission of experts from Armenia’s Ministry of Culture was holding meetings with corresponding bodies of Georgia to discuss the state of St. Nshan Church, which was damaged by a fire earlier this week.
A fire broke out in the 18th century Saint Nshan Armenian Apostolic Church in Tbilisi on January 9, causing a column supporting the already damaged dome to topple.
The Georgian Patriarchate, the Tbilisi City Hall, the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection have been informed of the incident and promised to investigate. Saint Nshan Church in the center of Tbilisi was built in 1701.