The World Heritage listed Bagrati Cathedral in Georgia is one of the country’s most potent national symbols. It was recently reopened after controversial restoration works driven through by President Saakashvili.
The works have been critizised by both national heritage bodies and UNESCO, expressing its “serious concern about irreversible interventions carried out on the site as part of a major reconstruction project. The Committee believes this project will undermine the integrity and authenticity of the site and should be immediately halted.” [http://whc.unesco.org/en/news/637]
Political winds also blow around the building, where it represents the modern development of Georgia to Saakashvili, it is provokative to others.
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