UPDATED: Jvari Monastery Reopens to Visitors

Clerics of the Jvari Monastery say that vendors illegally occupied the parking area, which is not confirmed by the mayor of Mtskheta. Photo: National Archive of Georgia

Agenda.ge, 16 Jan 2019 - 12:15, Tbilisi,Georgia

The Jvari Monastery, which was closed on Monday by clerics “due to unsanitary conditions and disorder” created by vendors near the site, has reopened to visitors again.

At this point, the issue has been solved - the gates of the Jvari Monastery are open [again]. However, it is also obvious that the conditions outside the monastery are not appropriate for a civilised environment.”

For this reason, and on the initiative of our [ministry], the Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation [and] the Municipal Development Fund are already working on developing an appropriate infrastructural project [which will] resolve the current situation,” Mikheil Batiashvili, the Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia said in a comment about the development on Wednesday.

Vendors say that they are ready to move to a different place if such is offered.

Earlier: 10:54

The Georgian Patriarchate has called upon the Georgian government to settle the street vending problem near monuments of historic and spiritual importance, as existing “disorder and unsanitary conditions near such sites in the 21st century is inappropriate.”

The Patriarchate’s view mirrors that of the  head of the Jvari Monastery in Mtskheta, Konstantine Jincharauli, who closed the site to hundreds of tourists and local visitors on Monday to “end illegal street vending” near the monastery.

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