Georgia needs to recognize its sovereignty over the monastery Emek ha-Matsleva in Jerusalem. The monastery was founded in the 11th century Georgian Orthodox Church.

Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, demanding pass the monastery of his country, said that “the monastery - part of the history of Georgia.” According to Georgian media, Saakashvili announced his claim, including during the recent visit to Israel at a meeting with the leaders of the country, and its demand is studied in Jerusalem.

According to legend, the monastery was founded at the place where it was cut down a tree, from which it was made the cross on which Jesus was crucified. It was founded by the son of the Georgian king Bagrat IV and his mother Mary. In the 17th century the monastery was bought by the Greek Orthodox Church.

In the 12th century in the monastery for a long time he lived and was buried on its territory, the famous Georgian poet Shota Rustaveli.

29 February 2012 | , , , country, georgia, mikhail saakashvili, president, territory

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