Source: Union of Orthodox Journalists
June 28, 2016
During archaeological excavations on the territory of Atskuri Church archeologists discovered the ruins of the unknown church of the Atskuri Virgin, attributed to the tenth century, as reported by Georgian television’s Channel One.
Archaeologists, art historians, and clergymen clarified that the church found under a layer of earth was built on the site of a non-Christians first-century temple, artifacts from which were also found during the excavation.
The church was found during the course of preliminary archeological digging in connection with the large-scale restoration of the Atskuri Cathedral planned for 2017.
Representatives of the Georgian clergy expressed the opinion that the Apostle Andrew the First-Called visited these places and was consecrated to the episcopacy in this sanctuary.
Note that Aktsuri was the medieval diocesan center for southern Georgia.