Media: Former Prime Minister of Georgia intends to buy the monastery of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem.

According to Georgian media, a businessman from Tbilisi intends to redeem the Monastery of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem.

Publication biznespresniusis suggested that negotiating the purchase of the complex are carried out on behalf of the former Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili. However, the source of which was obtained information on negotiations, refused any comment on the identity of the prospective buyer.

Name billionaire and former Prime Minister of Georgia also calls Tbilisi newspaper “Rezonansi”. The publication indicates that last Ivanishvili has repeatedly spoken out in favor of the return of the Georgian monastery complex, which is currently in the possession of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem.
Georgia’s former ambassador to Israel, the head of the patriarchal fund Lasha Zhvania, commenting on this information, said that many individuals in recent years intended to redeem the monastery, including the Georgian billionaire Badri Patarkatsishvili, but “money, even very large, are not the issue deciding factor. ”

Note that the article in the Georgian media, dedicated to the fate of the Monastery of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem, appeared on March 16, but on March 21 on the publication drew the attention of the Israeli site NRG.

Monastery of the Cross in Jerusalem

Holy Cross Monastery was founded in the IV century on the spot where, according to legend, the righteous Lot planted a tree as a ransom for our sins. Because he had made a cross, used for the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Now in the place where the tree grew, it is the altar of the monastery church.

Abode is closely linked with the history of Georgia and Georgian Christianity. Founded by Georgian monks on the orders of King Bagrat, the monastery was repeatedly looted, but each time was restored at the expense of the Iberian crown.

At the end of the XII century Queen Tamara in Jerusalem sent one of his most important associates - Shota Rustaveli. The great poet, a former chief treasurer of Georgia, was to restore the monastery and reorganize the local Georgian community.

Author of “The Knight in the Panther’s Skin”, died in Jerusalem and was buried in the church of the Holy Cross Monastery. The only surviving portrait of Rustaveli is also in the monastery - on the mural depicts the old man with a beard.

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