During a 17th century Ottoman invasion, the cathedral and its elegance were severely damaged, and the building has continued to weather, unused. Under pressure from the Orthodox Church, the Georgian government recently started to rebuild the cathedral to render it useable once more.
UNESCO claims that the irreversible reconstruction will impact the “outstanding universal value, integrity, and authenticity” of the cathedral. Georgians and the Orthodox Church appear happy with the proposed renovations, however, because the rebuilding will allow the church to function again.
Whether the Georgian government will respond to UNESCO’s pressure and revise the restoration plans remains to be seen.
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Thanks to Kristina Bauer for her assistance with this post