Tbilisi Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Cathedral
Tbilisi Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Cathedral is the Caucasus seat of the Latin Apostolic Administration. It’s history dates back to the 13th c., since the first settlement of the Latin Rite catholic Christians appeared in Tbilisi, episcopacy was founded and it was functioning until 16th c. Dominican monks here founded a monastery in 1240, later, in 1328 the church of St. John the Baptist was constructed. In 17th c King of Kartli Teimuraz First granted Augustinian monks the land and supported to establish a monastery. The Catholic missioners returned to Georgia and constructed Annunciation Church. This church didn’t survive in 18th c.
The resent building is on the opposite side of the street. Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Cathedral was constructed by the monk Philipo Foranian 1805 -1808. During Russian Tsar and Soviet times many churches were confiscated. Among them was Assumption church. In 1993 with the decree Quo aptius - Administratio Apostolica Caucasi Latinorum the church returned back to Roman Catholics. In 1998-1999 the church was restored by the leadership of Juzepe Pazoto, the administrator of the apostolic mission and by the design of the architect A. Solomnishvili.
The hall type building carries eclecticism character. The red brick facade with colorful statues shows elements of baroque and Neo-Gothic architecture. The sanctuary is adorned with a contemporary fresco (1999 – 2000).
The Holy See was the eighth State to recognize Georgia’s independence and in 1992 an Apostolic Nunciature was opened in Tbilisi with jurisdiction extending to the entire southern Caucasus. Pope John Paul II, visited Georgia on 8 November 1998 and Pope Francis in September 2016. These two visits were the first Pontiffs visits to post-Soviet countries.
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