Church of the Red Gospel, Tbilisi

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Church of the Red Gospel
Կարմիր Ավետարան եկեղեցի
The Armenian Church of the Red Gospel, Tbilisi (early 1900s).png
Church of the Red Gospel in the early 1900s
Basic information
Location Avlabari district,
Tbilisi, Georgia
Geographic coordinates 41°41′28″N 44°48′53″E / 41.691014°N 44.814692°E / 41.691014; 44.814692Coordinates: 41°41′28″N 44°48′53″E / 41.691014°N 44.814692°E / 41.691014; 44.814692
Affiliation Armenian Apostolic Church
Ecclesiastical or organizational status Cathedral
Status ruined (1989)
Architectural description
Architectural style Armenian
Completed 1775
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)[1] is a ruined 18th century Armenian church in the Avlabar district of Old Tbilisi, Tbilisi, Georgia.

It was built in 1735[2] or 1775[3] or 1808,[1] and renovated during the 19th century.[2] According to Armenian sources, on April 13, 1989, the church was "blown up"[1] or "destroyed.".[4] 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.[5] At 40 meters, it was the tallest Armenian church in Tbilisi. Today it stands in ruins, with its cupola gone.


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  1. ^ a b Thierry, Jean-Michel (1989). Armenian Art. New York: Harry N. Abrams. p. 586. ISBN 0-8109-0625-2. 
  2. ^ Hewsen, Robert H. (2001). Armenia: A Historical Atlas. University of Chicago Press. ISBN 0-226-33228-4. 
  3. ^ Ghazinyan, Aris. "Crisis of Faith: Armenian identity threatened in Tbilisi". ArmeniaNow. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "THE CONDITION OF THE ARMENIAN HISTORICAL MONUMENTS IN GEORGIA". Research on Armenian Architecture. Retrieved 8 July 2009. 


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