Batumi’s Neo-Gothic Cathedral with century-old priceless frescoes
01 October, 2017
Batumi’s Neo-Gothic Cathedral with century-old priceless frescoes
(1 / 2) Next
Batumi, the seaside capital of Georgia, is notable not only for its incredible landscape and sea, but for many historical and cultural buildings as well. The Church of the Mother of God, present Georgian Orthodox cathedral, originally built as a Catholic church early in the 1900s by famous Brothers Zubalashvili, a family of Georgian businessmen and benefactors, represents one of the most valuable cultural treasures of the city. This former Catholic Church is distinguished by its
rare Gothic Revival design, exquisite architecture, heavenly frescoes and stained glass windows.

As it is known Stepane Zubalashvili constructed this incredible church to honor her mother Elisabed, who before passing away asked her son to build a Catholic church in Batumi. Georgian businessman fulfilled his word and precisely for this church in 1897-1902 invited Italian painters and architects, who decorated the interior with astonishing frescoes depicting biblical scenes that serve as a real masterpiece. As we discovered from Natia Natsvlishvili, the architectural historian who has been working on this subject and who personally visited the building this summer, in total over 250 000 rubles (Russian currency) were spent for its construction that was quite a big sum at that time.
geotv.ge

The church is built with white stone, has three domes and the interior is masterfully decorated with red stone, golden and blue sophisticated ornaments typical to the Neo-Gothic style. Upon entering the church you find yourself in a heaven built by a human hand or, moreover, have a feeling as if you are in a little Sistine Chapel of Vatican. Before the Soviets invaded the country in 1921, the church used to function and regular religious services were held for its Catholic parishioners. During the Soviet period the church was closed and used for various purposes. This holy place was transformed into a high-voltage laboratory by the Soviets and at one time it served as an archive as well.

In 1980s the church was restored and the unique frescoes were renovated. The government was planning to transform the building into a concert hall and due to this reason invited Georgian restorers from Tbilisi who fulfilled their task and brought new life to the paintings maintaining their original appearance. Later in 1989 the church was transferred to the possession of Patriarchy of Georgia and was sanctified by Catholicos-Patriarch Georgia, Ilia II.

Sadly, the unique cathedral’s interior has been in poor conditions for years, its beautiful century-old frescoes have been damaged and, moreover, some of them have already disappeared. The murals needed urgent restoration works. One year ago Georgian Journal tried to attract the attention of public and the local government to take serious measures and repair the unique heritage that has been crumbling in front of us.



The opening of the cathedral
geotv.ge

This year we decided find out whether certain steps have been taken in order to improve the decrepit conditions of the cathedral and save this unique building together with its precious works of art. With this aim Georgian Journal contacted Sopo Chanishvili, the representative of Adjara Cultural Heritage Agency to learn about the current conditions inside the cathedral. As Sopo Chanishvili said, currently the group of specialists and restorers from Tbilisi are examining the interior of the cathedral.

“The examination and restoration process is underway in the historic cathedral for 2 months already. The damages will be fixed and the interior of the cathedral, in particular the century-old frescoes will be fully restored”, - Sopo Chanishvili reported.

Concerned with the cathedral’s issue, Georgian Journal questioned the future of the cathedral, whether it will be handed back to its original owners, catholic parishioners or remain in the hands of Patriarchy of Georgia, but we could not get an exact answer to this question.

Author
: Lika Chigladze


geotv.ge

Cathedral in winter , Batumi

Check out galley bellow:

geotv.ge

Old frescoes in the cathedral
geotv.ge
geotv.ge
geotv.ge
geotv.ge

geotv.ge

geotv.ge

geotv.ge

geotv.ge

geotv.ge
(1 / 2) Next
Print
Other Stories
Photo exhibition “Batumi Photo Days" to be held in Batumi
From the 31st of August to the 2nd of September Batumi will host the "Batumi Photo Days".
International festival of Verdi to be held in Georgia
It has just been agreed that the International Festival of Verdi will be held in Georgia.
"3000 delegates from 150 countries applauded the Georgian Alphabet"
In 2017, a very important thing happened for Georgia – UNESCO entered the ancient Georgian alphabet onto the list of the World's Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Ensemble "Iveria" presents the renewed "Jays’ Wedding" on the "Black Sea Arena"
On August 28, within the framework of "Check In Georgia", the Black Sea Arena, Creative Union "Lomis" and Ensemble "Iveria" will present a musical theatre called "Jays’ Wedding".
Georgia was granted the Status of a Host Country at the “River Bank Festival” in Frankfurt
Between the 24th-26th of August 24-26 at the Frankfurt River Festival (which is visited by 3 million tourists annually) Georgia will be presented with the status of a Host country.
The story of the “Georgian Byron” - Nikoloz Baratashvili
Nikoloz Baratashvili was a Georgian poet at the beginning of the 19th century. He is sometimes referred as the “Georgian Byron”.
The Founder of the most successful Georgian Startup George Arison to Speak at Startup Grind Tbilisi
Startup Grind is a global community where people who have founded startups, want to found startups, fund them, want to work for them, or just learn about them gather.
The unique archive of the Brothers Zubalashvilis was recently transferred from France to the National Museum of Georgia with the support of TBC
The unique archive of Georgian industrialists and brothers Zubalashvilis was recently transferred to Georgia from France with the support of TBC.
Virtual Museum to open in Tbilisi
A Virtual Museum is to open in Tbilisi, (at Tabykashvili Street ) by the end of August.
Graves of Georgian Mamelukes in Cairo Egypt
In one of the slums of Cairo there is a cemetery where you will find the graves of Georgian Mamelukes.
Robert Plant performed at the Black Sea Arena
The 12th Black Sea Jazz Festival was opened with a performance from Robert Plant.
The Nominees’ registration within the Welcome To Georgia! National Tourism Awards 2018 is open
Welcome to Georgia! National Tourism Awards Project invites hotels, wineries, restaurants, tour operators, travel agencies and companies who are focused on the hospitality industry or tourism sector, to participate in the annual contest,
Ilia Chavchavadze and William Blake on truth and lies
“Tell your friend the truth and keep it from your foe”. This is the epigraph of Ilia Chavchavdze’s novel “Is a Man a Human?”!
Bus stops in Georgia assigned the status of Cultural Heritage Monument
Bus stops in the Municipalities of Khashuri and Mtskheta which were built in the 1970’s have recently been assigned the status of Cultural Heritage Monument.
Open Media Hub - Supporting Media Professionals across the EU neighbourhood area
On July 9, 2018 the OPEN Media Hub launched a call for expression of interest, a production support scheme, to enable TV and online video journalists in the Eastern Neighbourhood countries to create contents (audio-visual stories, news, features, online portfolio…) on important regional issues
Exhibition of The project "10 Georgian Wines You Must Try Before You Die" to bo held on Maidan
On Maidan, on July 13 and 14, from 15:00 onwards will be exhibited and sold for specially created collection / tourist / gift wines boxes.
PowerPoint Karaoke is coming to Tbilisi
For the second time this summer PowerPoint Karaoke is coming to Tbilisi to gather together startupers, urban professionals and students
The Bodleian Library publishes a book about Georgia
With the support of TBC Bank of Georgia, Nikoloz Aleksidze’s book with Bodleian Library Publishing, "Georgia: a cultural journey through the Wardrop Collection has recently been published".
Visit an exhibition of Italian masterpieces in Georgia
From May 25 Georgian National Museum hosts the masterpieces from the Royal Library of Turin. The Royal Library preserves unique collections of drawings.
Unforgettable voice from Georgia
Enjoy variations of a beautiful Georgian song by three different generations.
Georgia to win Europa-Nostra Prize 2018
EU Prize for Cultural Heritage awarded countries for their outstanding heritage achievements during the Excellence Fair at the Allianz Forum in Berlin on June 21.
Rehabilitation works of Atskuri fortress are about to finish soon
Atskuri fortress is one of the oldest fortresses in Georgia. Because of its geographic location, it was considered to be unapproachable and unconquerable one.
Georgian annual cultural festival Art  Area starts on June 23
Art Area is the first TV channel about culture. It was launched in 2012 by TBC Bank, one of the largest in Georgia.
International Music Festival Tbilisi Open Air starts today
Tbilisi Open Air is an annual international festival held in Georgia. It is focused on mainstream music of different genres and creates great atmosphere for any kind of listeners or age groups.
“Welcome to Georgia – the Musical” - Play introducing Georgia to foreigners
It is not a secret that lots of tourists visit Georgia to explore its traditions, nature, cultures, etc.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Exchange Rates
GEL Exchange Rate
Convertor
20.09.2018
21.09.2018
USD
1
USD
2.6179
2.6193
EUR
1
EUR
3.0606
3.0693
GBP
1
GBP
3.4517
3.4651
RUB
100
RUB
3.9087
3.9538
Other Stories
The success story of Georgian musicians goes beyond the country’s borders.
Gelati Monastery, a medieval monastic complex near Kutaisi, in the Imereti region of western Georgia,
Famous Italian duo Tale Of Us comprising of two Italian artists Carmine Conte and Matteo Milleri will perform in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Georgian Prima Balerina Nino Ananiashvili will perform the main part in Romeo and Juliet
Promising Georgian actor Irakli Kvirikadze has been featured in a trailer
National Georgian Ballet Sukhishvili (also known as Sukhishvilebi) have recently presented their new program
The European Film Promotion (EFP) presented the 10 best emerging actors from Europe
It is an ancient tradition in Georgia, yet very alive.
My Georgian Reality is the illustration series inspired by everyday life.
Many distinguished persons such as Alexandre Dumas, Knut Hamsun traveled to Tbilisi and were captivated by its diversity and beauty.
GEL Exchange
USD
1
USD
2.6179
EUR
1
EUR
3.0606
GBP
1
GBP
3.4517
RUB
100
RUB
3.9087