Gagra temple


Gagra temple - this is one of the oldest structures of the Republic of Abkhazia. It is located in the unique architectural monument - fortress Abaata. Gagra temple was erected in the VI-VII Art. First Caucasian Christians.

The last major restoration of the church was carried out in 1902. It was then restored the original look and shape of the church. The facade was built of roughly hewn limestone blocks of small size and relatively simple form. In the side vestibule of the temple there is a secret door leading to the underground passage, which extends under the entire fortress Gagra and goes to the sea - it was one of the most strategically important in the time features. Gagra temple consecrated in the name of St. Hypatia Gagra bishop. According to historical data and to historians the relics of St. Hypatia buried in the walls of the church.

Outwardly, the temple is a rectangular building with two annexes. By the main entrance to the temple leads Gagra path paved with slabs of polished limestone, on both sides it is decorated with tall cypress trees. The interior of the church looks even more severely. Home decoration is Bolnisi cross on the church wall. Above the entrance you can see the Maltese cross. Both of them were made by order of the Princess of Oldenburg - patron saint of the church.

Currently, the temple is located Gagra Abkhazia interesting museum of weapons, which shows the tip darts, flint ax, fighting bracelets, bronze axes and daggers, ancient shields, helmets, swords, medieval chain mail, helmets, swords, and more.