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New project of HMA – a series of books “Temples and monasteries of Abkhazia”

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On 15 July 2019, the circulation of a new book by Archimandrite Dorotheos (Dbar) “Skete of St. John the Baptist in the village of Ankhua” appeared in the church stores of the New Athos Monastery.

This issue opens a series of books of a new charity project of the Publishing Office of HMA: “Temples and Monasteries of Abkhazia”. Each issue of the series will be dedicated to a temple or monastery on the territory of the Republic of Abkhazia, which numbers about 180 monuments of historical and cultural heritage.

The content of each issue will have the following structure:

• A description of the geographical location of the temple or monastery;
• Description of the object;
• The history of the temple or monastery;
• Index of the existing bibliography for a certain object;
• Geographical maps indicating the location of the object;
• Illustrations (including historical and modern).

The first issue of the series is dedicated to the skete of St. John the Baptist in the village of Ankhua, Gudauta District (located 7 km from New Athos). A skit (Greek σκήτη) is a small monastic settlement subordinate to a large monastery, in this case subordinate to the New Athos Monastery. The skete in the village of Ankhua is the only skete on the territory of the Republic of Abkhazia. This book has been worked on since 2007. In the first page there is a miniature with the image of St. John the Baptist from the famous ecclesiastical written monument of Abkhazia – the Mokva Gospel, 1300.

The profit from the sale of the book “Skete of St. John the Baptist in the village of Ankhua “- the first issue of the series “Temples and Monasteries of Abkhazia”, will be used to restore the monastery of St. John the Baptist in the village of Ankhua and the creation of a rehabilitation center for drug addicts. The profit from the sale of other books from this series will also be used to preserve and restore the Christian monuments of Abkhazia.