The territory of Georgia retains thousands of Armenian monuments which have never been in a good state of preservation. A considerable part of them (about 80 churches), including Khojivank's Sourb Astvatzatzin Church and its graveyard, the complex of Harants Monastery, i.e. the residence of the spiritual leader of the Georgian-Armenians, etc., were demolished under Stalin's dictatorship.
   After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the state and spiritual leaders of independent Georgia slightly changed their policy on the Armenian monuments: under the Soviet regime they were simply levelled with the ground, whereas at present they are altered and appropriated. Under the pretense of "restoration," the Georgians have scraped away, or obliterated over 300 inscriptions once decorating numerous khachkars, gravestones, different buildings and the walls of about 30 churches, now Georgianized.
   It is interesting to note that the Georgian authorities' intolerance towards the Armenian historical monuments is explained by the fact that the Armenians are natives in the southern regions of Georgia.
   Among the historical monuments demolished in Georgia since the late 1930s, the following can be distinguished:

   The Armenian churches and inscriptions in Lis, Telav, Suram, Sghnakh, Shahnapat, Nakhshirgora, Velistsikhe as well as other cities and villages of Georgia have shared the fate of the aforementioned architectural monuments.