Museum

The Church and Archaeological Museum of the Holy Metropolis of Abkhazia.
The foundation of the newly created Church-Archaeological Museum of HMA was founded by Archimandrite Dorotheos (Dbar) at the New Athos Spiritual School in 2002. Since 2002 the Foundation has got an extensive collection of pre-revolutionary icons, books, lithographs, photographs and church utensils. In addition there are various architectural artifacts of the ancient Abkhazian temples in the Fund. The collection also contains paintings and graphic works of modern Abkhazian artists on religious topics.
Most exhibits of the Foundation have been discovered or acquired in Abkhazia from 2002 to the present day. The head of the Foundation is the Doctor of Theology, Archimandrite Dorotheos (Dbar).
The Church and Archaeological Museum of HMA will be placed in the eastern three –storey wing of the Monastery of Simon the Canaanite in New Athos. This building was used as an exhibition hall in the Soviet period.
The online exposition of the Foundation of the Church-Archaeological Museum of HMA is available in the official website of HMA (www.anyha.org.category/museum). Dear visitors of the website anyha.org! The administration of the Foundation of the Church-Archaeological Museum of HMA appeals to all residents of Abkhazia with a request for information or transfer of thematic materials and artifacts on the ancient and modern history of Christianity in Abkhazia to the Museum Fund.
Our address: The Republic of Abkhazia, Holy Metropolis of Abkhazia, Monastery of St. Apostle Simon the Canaanite in New Athos.
 
 Contacts: Archimandrite Dorotheos (Dbar)
 
 
 


Fragment of a limestone column of the altar barrier from the village of Ankhua No. 3

 

In September 2021, during the clearing of the basement of the Skete of St. John the Baptist in the village of Ankhua, an architectural detail was found in the basement of…

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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…

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Altar cross from ruins of the Church of St. George in the village of Ankhua

 

Altar cross (copper) 26 × 16 cm, from ruins of the Church of St. George in the village of Ankhua, Gudauta region.

In November 2017, during the dismantling of the temporary shed…

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Istorichesky Vestnik. Historical and literary magazine. V. 84. June 1901 – p. 839-1238.

Istorichesky Vestnik. Historical and literary magazine. V. 84. June 1901 – p. 839-1238.

The book was presented as a gift to the foundation of the Church-Archaeological Office of the Holy Metropolis of Abkhazia in April 2021.

 

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Logo of the charitable foundation for the construction of a church in the name of St. Apostles Andrew and Simon the Canaanite

Logo of the charitable foundation for the construction of a church in the name of St. Apostles Andrew and Simon the Canaanite (1999-2000)

 

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Form of the Orthodox Brotherhood of St.Simon the Canaanite

Form of the Orthodox Brotherhood of St.Simon the Canaanite (1991-1998)

 

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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…

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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…

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