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A stone with fragments of frescoes from the ruins of the church in the village of Bzhylua (Ankhua village, Gudauta district)

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The ruins of a medieval church, located in the village of Bzhylua (Ankhua), Gudauta district, were cleared of wild vegetation in 2018. After the cleansing of the church there were heavy rains, they exposed the topsoil, which revealed a number of artifacts.

On 10 August 2019, during an expedition trip to the village of Ankhua, Archimandrite Dorotheos (Dbar) discovered a construction stone with fragments of frescoes (L.H.W. – 29 × 32 × 18 cm). The stone was found within the ruins of a medieval church № 2 on the surface of the earth near the eastern wall. Unfortunately, the poor preservation of the frescoes does not allow to make out any forms.

V.P. Pachulia visited the ruins of the church in the village of Bzhylua in 1962. He noted in his reports that he had seen the remains of the frescoes in the altar part. Thus, the discovered artifact proves that we are talking about the ruins of the same church. In addition, this find indicates that the church was decorated with wall paintings.

See also:

Clearing the ruins of a little-known church in Bzhylua (Ankhua) — Anyha.org