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Georgian archaeologists have discovered unknown 10th century church

DeniseDenise

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http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/94809.htm


The church was found during the course of preliminary archeological digging in connection with the large-scale restoration of the Atskuri Cathedral planned for 2017.

Representatives of the Georgian clergy expressed the opinion that the Apostle Andrew the First-Called visited these places and was consecrated to the episcopacy in this sanctuary.

Interesting that the announcement was timed for St. Andrew's feast day tomorrow...I didn't know archeologists did that....hehe

 

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Iconodule said:
I really wonder what they actually said there.
This is what happened: archeologists found several things including that stone with an inscription (at the beginning of the video), main temple, burial sites and some artefacts. The stone, or to be exact the inscription itself, they think is from the 10th century and it is little distance away from the main temple that was found which is also shown on the video. They say that part of the ruins where inscription was found is older and this inscription was carved on this building later in the 10th century. It seems that the stone with inscription is possibly a part of an older church. Main temple is from the 10th century as well. They also found those artefacts that you see on the video. The artefacts are around from the 1st century. Since these old artefacts were found they hope that 1st century church where St Andrew the First-called served will be found as well. All this is happening in Atskuri, a Georgian village.

The Bishop in this video is talking about the fact that Atskuri area (which is a village in Georgia) is the very first place where St Andrew the First-called came in, brought not hand-made icon of The All Holly Theotokos, consecrated first bishop and spread Christianity in Georgia. And this is in fact the case based on Georgian tradition. The bishop does not say that apostle consecrated that first bishop in Georgia in this 10th century temple. The not hand-made icon apostle brought in Georgia is called Atkhuri's Theotokos. This is why in Georgian iconographic tradition the saint is always imaged with the Theotokos icon and this is how one can recognize this Apostle in Georgian iconography. Here's one of the icons of the apostle:


Here's very poor translation (which was probably translated using online services) of the tradition on Atskuri's Theotokos icon.

Atskuri Theotokos icon:




This icon is on of the most sacred icons in Georgian tradition alongside with Panagia Portaitissa and Anchistkhati (translated as Ancha icon of The Saviour). Anchiskhati is also not hand-made icon of the Saviour.

Anchiskhati:


 

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^One of the few icons that I've seen where the person depicted does actually look like Middle Eastern instead of European.
 

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DeniseDenise said:
http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/94809.htm


The church was found during the course of preliminary archeological digging in connection with the large-scale restoration of the Atskuri Cathedral planned for 2017.

Representatives of the Georgian clergy expressed the opinion that the Apostle Andrew the First-Called visited these places and was consecrated to the episcopacy in this sanctuary.

Interesting that the announcement was timed for St. Andrew's feast day tomorrow...I didn't know archeologists did that....hehe
Georgia's old calendar, so not exactly :).
 
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