Saint Karapet Church, Tbilisi

Saint Karapet Church
წმინდა კარაპეტის ეკლესია
Սուրբ Կարապետ եկեղեցի
Saint Karapet Church, Tbilisi
Shown within Georgia (country)
Basic information
Location Between Chugureti and Avlabari
Old Tbilisi, Georgia
Geographic coordinates
Affiliation Armenian Apostolic Church
Architectural description
Architectural style Armenian
Completed supp. 1705

Saint Karapet Church (Old Tbilisi, Georgia. It is located between the Chugureti and Avlabari districts.

Construction

The date of foundation is unclear because of various sometimes mutually excluding versions. In the list of Armenian heritage ordered by Kamoyants and Sahakashen churches also dedicated to St. Karapet Forerunner.

Interesting facts

Among famous Armenians who studied here was Nar-Dos.

Jason Tumanian, a mayor of Tbilisi, with all his family were buried in the yard of the church.

The church once had amazingly decorated old doors in the best traditions of Armenian ornamental art: they were removed after the end of the Soviet Union.

Soviet years and modern times

During the Soviet-era Saint Karapet was not a functioning church, but it escaped the destruction that was the fate of 11 other Armenian churches destroyed by Lavrentiy Beria's orders in the 1930s.

In 1995 the bell tower was demolished and the church was reconsecrated by the Georgian Church and now functions as a Georgian Orthodox church.

References

  • (Russian) Армянские церкви Тбилиси – Св. Карапет
  • Short video about St. Karapet church – [1]

See also


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