Georgian cultural heritage continues to deteriorate in the Republic of Armenia, with the collapse of a 13th century Georgian fortress tower in Lore

26.06.23 12:40

The destruction of unique Georgian architectural monuments in what is now the Republic of Armenia continues, particularly in the historic Georgian province of Lore. "Kavkaz Plus has already written about the poor state of Georgian churches and monasteries there.  The Kobairi monastery near the town of Alaverdi, which has unique frescoes, is dying.


The other day, a 13 century tower of the Sedvi ancient Georgian fortress located in a gorge of the same name collapsed in the suburbs of Alaverdi. This information is posted on the page of the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of the Republic of Armenia on the social network.


There can be no doubt that the Sedvi fortress is Georgian, as in the 13th century, when it was built, it was the heyday of Georgian statehood, the "Golden Age" of Georgia. More than 3/4 of today's Republic of Armenia was then part of the united Georgian kingdom.


Next to the now ruined tower of the Sedvi fortress, there is also a semi-destroyed Georgian basilica church. The fact that this church is Georgian is also proved by its architectural peculiarity, such as the slight elevation of the altar above the church floor (in Armenian churches the altar is much higher). But, like all other Georgian Orthodox churches in the Republic of Armenia, this church has been appropriated by the Armenian Apostolic Church (AAC) and declared 'Armenian'.


Since even the most fierce Armenian falsifiers cannot categorize the Sedvi fortress as "ancient Armenian", no measures to save this unique object and monument of Georgian fortification architecture have been taken and are not being taken consciously. The fortress is being destroyed.


The three-storey defensive tower that dominates the fortress has collapsed. The fortress walls have mostly collapsed as well. A unique Georgian architectural monument is gradually being destroyed.  Neither archaeologists, expert restorers from Georgia, nor the Georgian Orthodox Church are allowed near these churches and fortresses. And although the Armenian authorities write that "measures are being taken to restore unique historic building", there are serious doubts that the fortress will be restored, or if restored, it will be done with some "corrections" - reinventions of Armenian forgeries.



Grigol Giorgadze

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