Georgian church may be built in Baku, capital city of Azerbaijan

The initial agreement was reached during the meeting of Hidayet Orucov, head of Azerbaijan Republic Committe for Religious Issues, and Patriarch of Georgia Ilia the Second on 16th of November, 2009.

Note that the head ofAzerbaijan Republic State Committe for Religious issues, Hidayet Orucov arrived on Monday in Tbilisi to hold several meetings with Georgian Government officials and discuss the issues faced by Azerbaijanies who live in Georgia. State Committe had did his first meeting with Georgian Patriarch Ilia the Second. After the meeting, the Patriarch told the medias that they “discused mainly religious issues”.

“We reached an agreement that a Georgian church should be built in Baku. And we will also help to ensure that in Georgia there are no problems with Mosques and religious community here,” said Georgian Patriarch.

The restoration of two mosques in Georgia was stopped recently in the Kvemo-Kartli region, where most of the Azeri population, whose religious belief is Islam, lives. Patriarch of Georgia explained that restoration of mosques was stopped because people didn’t apply for official permission for the building process. He also stated that “we will try to solve the problem”.

Contractor to Build Azeri Museum on Old Site of Tbilisi

$ 100 million business complex in Old Tbilisi will include museum devoted to Azerbaijani revolutionary

Mirze Sefi Street, high on the hill in Old Tbilisi, was once home to Azerbaijani and Georgians.  But now the street is empty and there are no residents.

 heavy machines are working in Mirze Sefi street, cleaning the rubbish left over from the destroyed buildings.

heavy machines are working in Mirze Sefi street, cleaning the rubbish left over from the destroyed buildings.

Houses on this street were in disrepair, and Tbilisi City Hall decided they should be removed. A Georgian Construction company, Apollo, bought 14 houses on the street and destroyed them in December planning to build a $100 million business complex on the property.

Now only heavy machines are working in the street, cleaning the rubbish left over from the destroyed buildings.

One of those buildings housed the museum of the Azerbaijani revolutionary, writer, publicist, politician and statesman Nariman Narimanov.

Nariman Narimanov’s museum become the property of Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan Republic in 2007, after it was privatized, said Adil Efendiyev, the first secretary of Ambassador of Azerbaijan Republic to Georgia.

Inga Kaya, the main specialist of Ministry of Culture, Monuments Protection and Sport of Georgia, says that Georgia and Azerbaijan have Continue reading

A woman’s work on Rustavelli avenue

  

Every morning in Tbilisi begins with cold, fresh air. The sun comes up over the mountains and warms the city. It’s not easy to get up early and feel coldness in the street until the sun heats the city.

 Larisa Ivanovna, 58, heavy and with short, fair hair, feels the morning coldness of Tbilisi every day. She’s a newspaper seller on Rustavelli Avenue, and her workday starts at 7 a.m.   

  Ivanovna is Russian by nationality, but she also speaks perfect Georgian. She says she never worked anywhere until becoming a newspaper seller 5 years ago, when her husband died.

“I was a housewife, before this job, but after my husband died I was obliged to work to make a living,” says Ivanovna.

  Every day Ivonovna leaves her work spot at 8 p.m.  She has two children but she lives alone. Now she is looking forward to getting to the pension age, 60. Although Ivanovna doesn’t like her job, she is not thinking to give it up when she reaches age 60. She says pensioners get just 70 lari per month.  Ivanovna thinks  this  money wouldn’t be enough for her to live.