The Georgian government will set up a commission to develop the concept of a Georgian cultural center near the baptism site of Jesus Christ in Jordan, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili said on Monday.
The cultural center will be launched on land donated by the Jordanian royal family to Georgia earlier this month, a development that the Georgian prime minister says marks a “return to holy ground” for Georgians.
In his comments earlier today, Garibashvili once again highlighted the role of Georgian Patriarch Ilia II in the work of opening the cultural center. On January 19, the head of government announced that the opening of the cultural venue would take place with the blessing of the Georgian patriarch.
The Prime Minister also thanked the Royal Family of Jordan – His Majesty King Abullah II and His Royal Highness Prince Ghazi bin Muhammed of Jordan – as well as Patriarch Theophilus III of Jerusalem and others involved in the transfer of the land from 4,000 square meters.
Secular and clerical authorities were involved in the transfer of the 4,000 square meter land near the Jordan River which crosses the lake from the Sea of Galilee and heads towards the Dead Sea.
The river has symbolic meaning in both Judaism and Christianity, and is bordered by the West Bank and Israel to the west, and by Jordan and the Golan Heights to the east.