On December 16, Monday, the representatives of Tbilisi Theological Academy and Seminary visited Tbilisi SS. Giorgi and Euthymius the Athonites School of Orthodox Christians. The group of visitors was comprised of: the Head of the Department of Easel and Monumental Iconography, Professor Merab Buchukuri, Dean of the Faculty of Christian Art Theory and History, Mrs. Tea Bezhuashvili, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Christian Psychology, Mrs. Natia Pruidze and the Deputy Head of the Public Relations Office, PhD of Theology, Mr. Tsotne Chkheidze.
Mr. Tsotne Chkheidze familiarized the students of the 10th, 11th and 12th grades with the Mission and history of Tbilisi Theological Academy and Seminary. Mrs. Tea Bezhuashvili spoke about the Faculty of Christian Art Theory and History. Mrs. Natia Pruidze introduced the Baccalaureate Programme of Christian Psychology, and Mr. Merab Buchukuri dwelt on the Work of the Faculty of Ecclesiastical Architecture, Iconography, Restoration of Easel and Monumental Iconography. Mrs. Tea Bezhuashvili drew the audience’s attention to the uniqueness of the faculty where apart from the professional subjects, the students learn Theology, which is paramount for the study of Christian Art Theory and History. Mrs. Natia Pruidze mentioned that at present, there is a great demand on good psychologists. According to her, the knowledge of Theology broadens psychologists’ mind, which later helps them in solving problems that human beings have to face.
Mr. Merab Buchukuri noticed that Theology is also taught in the Faculty of Ecclesiastical Architecture, Iconography, Easel and Monumental Iconography, which develops in the students the correct attitude to their profession and helps them correctly direct their activities. Mr. Merab Buchukuri emphasized that with the supervision of high qualification teachers and professors, the students of the Faculty of the Restoration of Easel and Monumental Iconography have carried out many significant restorations. They uncovered the 16th century unique fresco of Saint Nino in the Temple of the Transfiguration in the town of Tsalenjikha, restored the frescos in the Cathedral Temple of Sioni and Kashveti Temple in Tbilisi, etc.)