Orthodoxy in Abkhazia

Abkhazia is among the first countries where Christianity was spread. In the 1st century A.D. Saint Andrew, Simon the Canaanite and Apostle Matthew arrived in Abkhazia to preach Christianity. It was over two thousand years that Christianity faced many enemies. The followers of Christianity were persecuted in the days of the Roman Empire, Ottoman Empire and Soviet Union. However, the only religion which survived in the Caucasus was Christianity. The first church community was created in Pitiunt in the 4th century A.D. (modern-day Pitsunda). The most ancient Christian churches are located in Pitsunda. On the territory of Abkhazia there are temples which never interrupted worship, even in the most difficult of times. One such temple is located in the village of Ilor. The worship was served even during the Soviet Period. The temple at Ilor is one of the most popular temples visiting by tourists among the current churches in Abkhazia. In the village of Likhny, there is also a temple of Saint Mary. It is the only temple on the Black Sea coast of the Caucasus which was able to preserve its original appearance. The roof of the temple was made of tile. Such sacred places like the Cathedral of the Saint and Apostle Andrew in Pitsunda, the temple of Saint Mary in Mokva and the cathedral of St. Panteleimon in New Athos, are all examples of Christian architecture in Abkhazia. Valuable relics and monuments were kept in many temples. There’s an ancient golden bowl dated back to 990 in the Bedia temple. It’s decorated with figures of the Savior, Saint Mary and the Apostles. In the 19th century, the monastery was built in New Athos. It’s famous not only in Abkhazia, but also far beyond its borders. One hundred and sixty temples were built in Abkhazia. Nowadays, parishioners can attend 16 current temples. The history of Christian monuments, temples, cathedrals, monasteries and descriptions of the lives of the Saints can be found on our website. Articles, illustrated with pictures, written on the base of the Holy Metropolis of Abkhazia.


Aquy-nykha


On 24 September, 2018, an expedition consisting of Archimandrite Dorotheos (Dbar), Ruslan Pandaria, Alkhas Argun and Mark Trapsh visited the top of Mount Aquy (Mount Athos), located at an altitude of…

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Скит св. Иоанна Крестителя в с. Анхуа (1905 г.)

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Troparion and Kontakion of Candlemas in Abkhaz

Аиԥылара аушьҭыгатә тропа́рион, 1-тәи абжьы

Бгәырӷьала, лыԥхазмоу / Нцәадзыхшаз Аҭыԥҳа́: / избанзар Бара была игылеит / аиашара Амра…

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Troparion and kontakion of the holy apostles Peter and Paul in Abkhaz

Ацқьа цҳаражәҳәаҩцәа Пе́троси Па́улоси рытропа́рион (аушьҭыгатә), 4-тәи абжьы

Апостолцәа рыбжьара аԥхьатәи атәарҭаҳаракқәа нызкылои / адгьылзегьы (икуме́на) арҵаҩцәеи, / зегьы Зымпыҵаку (Деспотис) цҳаражәҳәара ҳзизыжәу (шәиҳәа), / адгьылзегьы (икуме́на)…

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Troparion and kontakion of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist in Abkhaz

Ацқьа Иуана Аӡӡаахҩы иира аушьҭыгатә тропарион, 4-тәи абжьы

Қьырса иаара (паруси́а) / Аԥшҩи Аԥхьагылеи , /…

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Troparion and Kontakion of the Epiphany (the Baptism of Jesus) in the Abkhaz language

Анцәаицәырҵра аушьҭыгатә тропарион, 1-тәи абжьы

Иордан / аӡы уӡаахраан, ҳ-Аҳ Ду, / илабҿабахеит Хаӡәк иеихырхәара: / избанзар…

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Troparion and Kontakion of St. Basil the Great in Abkhaz

Ацқьа Уасил Ду итропарион (аушьҭыгатә), 1-тәи абжьы

Адгьыл зегьы иахыҵәеит убжьы, / уажәа аднакылеит азы: / уи ала адогмақәа нцәақәнагала ишьақәурӷәӷәеит, / иҟоу зегьы рыԥсабара деилуркааит, /…

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Priest Nikolay Ladaria


The Church of St. George (Ayerg-nykha) in the village of Paquash (1890)

The Church of St. George (Ayerg-nykha) in the village of Paquash,Ochamchyra district, Eastern Abkhazia.
Photos by Georgy Zakhartsev.
 
The coordinates of the church: 42°48’12.8″ North latitude, 41°34’43.05″ Eastern longitude:
 

 

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Troparion and Kontakion for the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord in Abkhaz

Иаса Қьырса иҽеиҭакра агәалашәара иазку амшныҳәа
(Нанҳәа 6/19)

 
Аушьҭыгатә тропарион
 
Ашьхаҿы уҽеиҭаукит Қьырса Анцәа,
уҵаҩцәагьы улыԥха дурбеит, абара ахьынӡарылшоз.
Ҳаргьы, гәнаҳазмоу, иҳазкаԥхааит Улашара, наунагӡа иҟоу,
Нцәадзыхшаз лныҳәаԥхьыӡла;
Алашараҭаҩ, иумаз ахьӡ-аԥша!
 
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