|Dranda Cathedral |
Нанҳәа иазку Дранда-ныха
Dranda, Gulripshi District, Georgia|
Abkhazia (de facto)
|Affiliation||Georgian Orthodox Church|
|Architectural style||Byzantine, Georgian; Cathedral|
|Founder||Possibly Justinian I|
|Groundbreaking||Possibly early-mid 6th century.|
Dranda Cathedral (Abkhazian: Нанҳәа иазку Дранда-ныха, Georgian: დრანდის ტაძარი) is a Georgian Orthodox Cathedral located in Dranda, in the Gulripshi district of the de facto independent Republic of Abkhazia, internationally recognised to constitute a part of Georgia.
According to the Roman historian Procopius of Caesarea, in 551 emperor Justinian I built a temple in these environs, this is believed by some to have been what is now the cathedral in Dranda. In the Georgian Orthodox Catholicate of Abkhazia, Dranda was the seat of a bishop.
There has been some restoration on the exterior walls of the structure and roof, covering with stucco much of the original brick architecture that was once visible. Small portions may still be seen in what was intentionally left untouched.
- Photographs and background information (in Russian)
- Abkhazia is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Abkhazia and the Republic of Georgia. The Republic of Abkhazia unilaterally declared independence on 23 July 1992, but Georgia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. Abkhazia has received formal recognition as an independent state from 7 out of 193 United Nations member states, 2 of which have subsequently withdrawn their recognition.
- Mariam Didebulidze, Cultural Heritage of Abkhazia (Apkhazeti)
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