The exact date of the Church construction is unknown.
Probably the Church Of Transfiguration existed in the village of Mikhailovka (Guma) in the beginning of XXth century.
However, nobody knows where the church was precisely located. It is possible that the church of Transfiguration in the Mikhailovsky cemetery was built after the Second World War. Nowadays the architecture of this church has no value.
The Church of Transfiguration is located near the cemetery. Many priests and monks of the Sukhum-Abkhazian Eparchy were buried in this cemetery.
One of the famous elders of the Glinsk Hermitage Archimandrite Seraphim (Romantcev) was buried there too. He was buried in the Mikhailovsky cemetery on January 4, 1976. In 2002, hieromonk and ascetic Paisios (Uvarov) was buried in the Mikhailovsky cemetery. Later, a chapel was built over his grave.
In the middle of XXth century Archimandrite Luke (Nadareyshvili) was an abbot of the St.Michael’s church. The abbot of this church was probably priest Peter Samsonov (the future abbot of the Likhny temple) from 1969 to 1972.
Archpriest John Andryushchenko was an abbot of the church till the end of 1980. The following abbot of the church was archpriest Akaki Melikidze.
Before the beginning of the war in Abkhazia (1992-1993) Archpriest Gregory Pigalov served in the Church of St.Michael (now he serves in Athens, Greece).
From 1998 to 2009 the abbot of the church was fr.George Khorkin. During his serving the bell tower was built. Since 2010 priest Nikita Adleiba is an abbot of the Church.
The author of the article is Doctor of Divinity, Archimandrite Dorotheos (Dbar).