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    the talking while trouble shooting between cultures

    In 2016 29 January the project “mediation- (including religious) trouble shooting conflicts with the help of talking way” within, it was held the lecture about the issue “the talking while trouble shooting between cultures”.

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    Mediation - Conflict Resolution (Including Religious) Through Negotiations

    On November 3, 2015, the "Intellectual-Educational Studio" at the International Foundation of the Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia has started a new series of lectures under the program - "Mediation - conflict resolution (including religious) through negotiation."

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    The Program of Intellectual and Spiritual Development of Youth

    On November 5, 2015, the "Intellectual-Educational Studio" at the International Foundation of the Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia has started a new course of lectures under the "Programs of Intellectual and Spiritual Development of Youth."

  • “The Program for the Intellectual and Spiritual Development of the youth” 2014-2015

    “The Program for the Intellectual and Spiritual Development of the youth” 2014-2015

    "Intellectual-Educational Studio" was founded by the International Foundation of the Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, with the financial support of the International Organization “World Vision”. As in the “Intellectual-Educational Studio-Laboratory”, founded in 2011, “The Intellectual and Spiritual Development of youth” has held very interesting lecture cycles in 2014-2015 school year:

  • The 9th International Festival “From Easter to Ascension”

    The 9th International Festival “From Easter to Ascension”

    With the blessing of the Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, the festival was founded in 2006. The International Charitable Foundation of the Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia and “Akaki Ramishvili Foundation – Tradition and Innovation” are the founders of the festival.

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Svetitskhoveli

Svetitskhoveli Cathedral - a silent witness to history of Christian Georgia

10/10/2010

In the holy valley where the rivers Kura (Mtkvari) and Aragvi merge with each, at the first capital of Georgia – Mtskheta, stands for thousands of years Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. More than 1,700 years, this place is a holy place of our ancestors and here was built the first cathedral church - Svetitskhoveli. Svetitskhoveli Cathedral is a silent witness to history of Christian Georgia for 17 centuries. Its history completely repeats the history of Georgian people. Like the rest of the people of Georgia, Mtskheta Cathedral, from the first wooden church to the stone cathedral, repeated all the historical way of Georgian people.

The first insult was made to church in the period of Abul Qasim raid, when the temple was used as a stable for camels. Difficult period of history lasted for a long time, but when the proper time came, by order of Catholicos Melkisedek, at the place of first wooden church was built the new Cathedral. Most of all Cathedral was damaged in the raid of Timur Lang.

The church was looted and partially destroyed by removing one of the pillars, though they managed to destroy just the dome of the church. Destroyed part of the facade and dome were restored during the reign of Alexander I.

It was then when Svetitskhoveli undergone the first architectural changes. Most of the icons have not survived. Part of the ancient icons has been damaged by time. In the nineteenth century, during the Russian rule (Bazhenov) ancient icons were covered with several layers of lime. Icons were cleared from the layers of lime only in the sixties of the twentieth century.

The walls of Svetitskhoveli are keeping a lot of secrets. Here is kept a relic known as Halim of Elia. There are many rooms and warehouses where during the enemy invasions was sheltering the local population. The secret rooms contain the valuable books and jewelry.

There is also a well which apart from the main purpose also had a more important spiritual meaning. A vessel which was used as the part of christening ritual of the first Georgian Christian King Mirian and Queen Nana, also is kept in the Cathedral of Mtskheta.

The arched construction, indicating the location of the temple garment of Jesus Christ, was added in the 17th century.

Svetitskhoveli Cathedral is built from varied color range stones. That diversity of colors inspired the Georgian writer Konstantine Gamsakhurdia write about the Cathedral - "In the morning, blessed by the unremitting sun, Svetitskhoveli  is colored like a lizard, in the evening it shines in golden hues and at night Cathedral rises up to the heaven by the endless lines of harmony reaching the stars."

The walls of Svetitskhoveli are decorated with relief sculptures. They all have symbolic meaning. These walls, despite the many blows of fate, are reaching for the sky. That is why the Cathedral became a symbol of not only Christianity, but also a symbol of the life force of the Georgian people.

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