“A piece of land has been officially transferred to us where we will build a center of Georgian culture. It must be a day all Georgians have been dreaming about, because we Georgians are returning to the Holy Land after 300 years of absence,” Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili told the press near the River Jordan, in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on Sunday.
Had an honor to meet w/ His Majesty @KingAbdullahII. Expressed special thanks to the 🇯🇴 side for the decision to allocate a plot of land for the purpose of the construction of the 🇬🇪 Cultural Centre at the Baptism Site of Jesus Christ. pic.twitter.com/OuJhcOFm3d
— Irakli Garibashvili (@GharibashviliGe) May 29, 2022
The Head of Government, joined by Prince Ghazi of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, participated in the official ceremony of transferring to Georgia a piece of land near the place of the Savior’s baptism in the River Jordan.
The Prime Minister unveiled a memorial stone with the signatures of Catholicos-Patriarch of All-Georgia Ilia II and Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili.
Garibashvili thanked Prince Ghazi for transferring the land to Georgia. The Head of Government pointed out Prince Ghazi’s decisive contribution to the final decision, a fact Georgia deeply appreciates.
“Let me reiterate the enormous contribution of King Abdullah II, Prince Ghazi, the Patriarch of Jerusalem, our Patriarch, and our Government. We have all worked hard to ensure today’s historic event we are witnessing now. Once again, I congratulate every Georgian, and every Orthodox Christian, on this far-reaching achievement, and I once again express gratitude to the King of Jordan and everyone involved in this cause. As for our concept, we will launch active work, and the Patriarchate and the National Museum will be engaged. The Ministry of Culture will receive the necessary instructions, so that we may start working together, and the concept will be finalized very soon. I want us to start building very soon. And we will do everything to make sure that the concept is agreed on in a timely manner. Of course, we will introduce this project to the public, and then construction work will kick off,” the Prime Minister said.
The 4,000 m2 land, now the property of Georgia, is located 15-20 meters from the place of the Savior’s baptism in the River Jordan.
The Prime Minister, accompanied by the Georgian delegation, visited the Jordan riverbank. Together with Prince Ghazi, the Head of Government visited the area where John the Baptist lived and the Savior was baptized.