Monuments of Cultic Architecture

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Maia Chichileishvili


The paper deals with the monuments of cultic architecture in Khelvachauri Municipality. An example of a medieval Christian heritage is the Church of St. John the Theologian, built in the 9-10th centuries, which is a small single-nave, hall church with a sloping semicircular apse to the east. 

Among the ecclesiastical architectural monuments of Khelvachauri Municipality, the heritage of the Pontic Greeks living in the Black Sea coast of Georgia is important, an interesting example of which is the church of the Transfiguration in the village of Akhalsheni, built in the early 20th century. The architecture of the Akhalsheni temple reveals the traditional elements of the Pontic Greek churches: large dimensions, spacious interior, wide windows.

Among the Muslim monuments, the mosque of the village Zeda Chkhutuneti stands out from the artistic point of view, in which the Machakheli Historical-Ethnographic Museum has been arranged since 1984. Its interior space, roofing system, ornamental carvings on wood reveal the traditions of Georgian woodwork and the peculiarities of Ajarian Muslim mosques.

Khelvachauri, Churches, Mosque, Cultural Heritage
Published: Apr 20, 2021

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History and Archaeology