Church of the Red Gospel, Tbilisi
|Church of the Red Gospel|
Կարմիր Ավետարան եկեղեցի
|Affiliation||Armenian Apostolic Church|
|Ecclesiastical or organizational status||Cathedral|
|Dome height (outer)||40 meters|
The Church of the Red Gospel (Armenian: Կարմիր Ավետարան եկեղեցի, Karmir Avetaran Yekeghetsi; Armenian: Կարմիր վանք, Karmir Vank ) or Shamkoretsots Sourb Astvatsatsin Church (Armenian: Շամքորեցոց Սուրբ Աստվածածին եկեղեցի, meaning Shamkor Inhabitants' Holy Mother of God Church) is a ruined 18th century Armenian church in the Avlabar district of Old Tbilisi, Tbilisi, Georgia.
It was built in 1735 or 1775 or 1808, and renovated during the 19th century. According to Armenian sources, on April 13, 1989, the church was "blown up" or "destroyed.". Georgian officials deny that it was blown up, and ascribed its destruction to the intensity of an earthquake that had struck Tbilisi a day before. At 40 meters, it was the tallest Armenian church in Tbilisi. Today it stands in ruins, with its cupola gone.
View of the ruins of the church (top center right) from Narikala fortress
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- Karapetyan, Samvel (1998), The State Policy of Georgia and the Monuments of Armenian Culture (1988-1998) (in Armenian) (1st ed.), Yerevan: Research on Armenian Architecture, pp. IX–XI, ISBN 5-8080-0144-7 (photographic documentation, newspaper articles)
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- Before-and-after photos
- Photos of Karmir Avetaran after the explosion Archived 2011-07-07 at the Wayback Machine
- Another set after the explosion