Patriarch Ilia II. from Georgia
The Hotel Carlsbad Plaza considers it an enormous honor and a blessing, that it could give its first-class services to yet another important personality and world-renowned spiritual icon. Spa treatment, which he highly praised, brought Ilia II. the Catholicos-Patriarch of Georgia and the spiritual leader of the Georgian Orthodox Church, to our hotel in Karlovy Vary. The official title of this exalted spiritual, however, is " Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, the Archbishop of Mtskheta-Tbilisi and Metropolitan Bishop of Abkhazia and Bichvinta, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II.".
During his treatment stay at the Carlsbad Plaza Medical Spa & Wellness Hotel, Patriarch Ilia II. held a spiritual encounter with the faithful, which was also attended by the Archpriest Father Joseph and the Ambassador of Georgia to the Czech Republic, His Excellency Zaal Gogsadze personally.
Ilia II. was elected Catholicos-Patriarch in 1977, since then he bears the responsibility associated with this title on his shoulders. His spiritual journey began in Moscow, where he graduated a Theological Seminary and then the Moscow Theological Academy, numerous spiritual titles followed in the next years. As a patriarch he is highly esteemed in the world, the highest church awards from the patriarchs of many countries also demonstrate it. Many honorary and religious awards were topped when Prince David Bagration-Mukhrani gave Ilia II. the Grand Collar of the Order of the Eagle of Georgia, for his views on the possible restoration of the monarchy, of which he is a big supporter.