Unique frescoes in the Georgian cave monastery complex Vardzia almost completely rebuilt after a fire

Tbilisi. April 15. INTERFAX – a Unique medieval frescoes and wall art-historical painting, damaged six months ago during a fire in the Church of the Dormition of the virgin in the cave monastery complex Vardzia of XII-XIII centuries in southern Georgia, almost completely restored, Georgian media reports.

“We have already completed two major phases of restoration work. The main thing – that murals are saved,” – told reporters one of the restorers Sandro Rubashvili, who together with his colleagues from the first days after the fire, working on the restoration of the original appearance of historical heritage.

According to him, was the last, third, stage of the restoration, providing already spot cleaning of the walls of the temple with the use of microscopes.

As stated by the head of the National Agency of cultural heritage protection of Georgia Nikoloz Antidze, today there are 2% of the work, which was suspended on the recommendation of foreign experts, particularly from London’s Courtauld Institute of art.

“In consultation with them and has developed a special technology for cleaning in the final stage. Expectations that everything will be fine,” he said.Antidze.

The fire in the temple of the assumption took place on the night of 2 November 2016, the cause was the ignition of a Church candlestick. Left in the room the candle fell to the floor, then ignited the carpet and then a table on which were stacked Church candles. A layer of soot covered frescoes and the walls of the temple. Among the damaged paintings was the image of Queen Tamar and her father, the founder of Vardzia George the Third, as well as a picture of the Savior – one of the most famous Georgian frescoes.

Cave monastery complex of Vardzia, which is a unique monument of medieval Georgian architecture, the value of which is recognized by UNESCO, is the tourist Mecca of Georgia. On its territory there are 15 churches, chief of which is the Church of the assumption. During the reign of Queen Tamar complex was a matter of state importance and played a large role in the political and cultural life of the country.