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Photos of architectural details from the village of Ankhua

– 1. Limestone slab of the altar barrier from the village of Ankhua with the scene of the crucifixion of Christ. The black and white photograph, apparently taken in the Abkhazian State Museum, shows the entire composition of the slab, including the carved ornament. At the same time, split lines are visible, once they divided the monolithic slab into three parts. Currently, one of the breakaway parts of the slab,

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Koman church and place of the Third Finding of the Head of St. John the Baptist. Early 1990s.

– Koman church and place of the Third Finding of the Head of St. John the Baptist. Early 1990s.    

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Water blessing service in the high mountain village of Pskhu. Early 1990s.

– Water blessing service in the high mountain village of Pskhu. Early 1990s.      

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Construction of a wooden church in the high mountain village of Pskhu. Early 2000s.

– Construction of a wooden church in the high mountain village of Pskhu. Early 2000s the church burned down in a fire shortly after the completion of construction.

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Pilgrims from Russia in the Koman monastery. February 2003.

– Pilgrims from Russia in the Koman monastery. February 2003.     A group of pilgrims from Sochi visiting the monastery of St. John Chrysostom in Koman. Hegumen Ephrem (Vinogradov).

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The first pilgrimage group from Russia to Abkhazia, 1994.

– 1. Pilgrims from Russia visiting the Pitsunda Patriarchal Cathedral. In the center: novice Nazariy Kiut and archaeologist Ruslan Bartsits.   2. Pilgrims from Russia visiting the Mokva church. In the middle of the photo novice Nazarius Kiut is standing.

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Yuri Senkevich and Priest Vissarion Apliaa. Abkhazia, August 1998.

– In the photo standing from left to right: Yuri Senkevich, Priest Vissarion Apliaa, Said Tarkil and Vladislav Ardzinba. The photo was taken during the filming of the story “Orthodox Abkhazia” as part of the program “Vokrug Sveta” (Around the world) by Yu. Senkevich.   Photo by V. Popov.

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Priest Vissarion Apliaa and Hegumen Peter (Pigol) on the burial place of the victims of the Lata tragedy. Gudauta, summer 1993.

– Priest Vissarion Apliaa and Hegumen Peter (Pigol) on the burial place of the victims of the Lata tragedy. Gudauta, summer 1993.   Photos by Yu. A. Aksenov. From the Church-Archaeological office of archimandrite Dorotheos (Dbar).

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Priest Vissarion Apliaa and Archpriest Grigory Pigalov. Moscow, 1991.

– 1. Priest Vissarion Apliaa wearing the altar cross in the epitrachelion.   2. Priest Vissarion Apliaa at the Holy Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius.   3. Priest Vissarion Apliaa and Hegumen Kirill (Sakharov) – Chairman of the Union of Orthodox Brotherhoods of Russia.   4. Art production enterprise “Sofrino” ROC. Standing from left to right: Yuri Anua, Archpriest Grigory Pigalov, Priest Vissarion Apliaa.   5. Sitting from left to

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Priest Vissarion Apliaa and Archpriest Grigory Pigalov. Moscow, 1991.

– 1, 2. Courtyard of the New Athos Monastery – at that time was a military hospital. Distribution of food products to residents of the northern building (at that time it was a former communal apartments’ housing) of the New Athos monastery. Priest Vissarion Apliaa and Yu. A. Aksenov, chairman of the Orthodox Brotherhood of St. John the Theologian (Moscow) are in the photo. 3. In front of the central

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Priest Vissarion Apliaa and Hegumen Peter (Pigol) with military personnel (1993)

– Priest Vissarion Apliaa and Hegumen Peter (Pigol) with military personnel of the armed forces of the Republic of Abkhazia and the Russian Federation. Summer 1993. Photo: Yu. A. Aksenov      

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Meeting of church leaders with Vladislav Ardzinba (1993)

– Meeting of church leaders with the chairman of the Supreme Council of the Republic of Abkhazia V. G. Ardzinba, held in the summer of 1993 in Gudauta. In the photographs: Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Republic of Abkhazia V.G. Ardzinba, Priest Vissarion Apliaa, Abbot Peter (Pigol) – abbot of the Athos Podvorye (Moscow), Yu. A. Aksyonov – Chairman of the Orthodox Brotherhood of St. John the Theologian

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