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Gov’t to restore fire damage at Trinity Cathedral

By Gvantsa Gabekhadze
Tuesday, January 17
The Government of Georgia has allocated 737,400 GEL to restore the damage inflicted by a fire to the country’s Trinity Cathedral located in central Tbilisi.

The official document has announced the money was allocated from the Government’s reserve fund.

The fire at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi damaged an area of 1,200 square meters in March last year.

Several individuals noticed significant amounts of smoke which were coming out of a building adjacent to the cathedral.

Fifteen fire engines were sent to the scene with about 100 firemen to put out the fire.

“Right after the Sunday liturgy, the electricity was suddenly shut off. It is probable that the outage was caused by the fire but some say it was done on purpose, so that the fire did not become more dangerous,” Archpriest Teimuraz told Palitranews.

The Holy Trinity Cathedral, commonly known as Sameba, is the main cathedral of the Georgian Orthodox Church located in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia.

Constructed between 1995 and 2004, it is the third-tallest Eastern Orthodox cathedral in the world and one of the largest religious buildingsin the world by total area.