Mokvi Cathedral

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Mokvi Cathedral
მოქვის ეკლესია
Mokva cathedral.jpg
Mokvi Cathedral
Mokvi Cathedral is located in Georgia (country)
Mokvi Cathedral
Shown within Georgia (country)
Basic information
Location Mokvi, Ochamchira district,  Georgia/ Abkhazia [1]
Geographic coordinates 42°50′06″N 41°30′28″E / 42.835°N 41.507778°E / 42.835; 41.507778Coordinates: 42°50′06″N 41°30′28″E / 42.835°N 41.507778°E / 42.835; 41.507778
Affiliation Georgian Orthodox Church
District Ochamchira District
Region Caucasus
Architectural description
Architectural style Georgian; Cathedral
Completed 10th century during the reign of King Leon III of Abkhazia
Dome(s) 1

Mokvi Cathedral (Georgian: მოქვის ეკლესია) is a Georgian Orthodox Cathedral located in Mokvi, in the Ochamchira district of the de facto independent Republic of Abkhazia, internationally recognized to constitute a part of Georgia.

Mokvi Cathedral consists of five naves, built in the third quarter of the 10th century, during the reign of king Leon III of Abkhazia. According to a non-extant inscription (found by Patriarch Dositheos II of Jerusalem who visited Mokvi in 1659) the church was painted during the reign of Emperor Alexios I Komnenos and David IV of Georgia.[2] In the Catholicate of Abkhazia Mokvi was the seat of a Bishop at least until the 17th century.[2]


  1. ^ Abkhazia's status is disputed. It considers itself to be an independent state, but this is recognised by only a few other countries. The Georgian government and most of the world's other states consider Abkhazia de jure a part of Georgia's territory. In Georgia's official subdivision it is an autonomous republic, whose government sits in exile in Tbilisi.
  2. ^ a b Акты собранные Кавказскою Археографическою Комиссиею (Acts of Caucasian Archeographic Commission), v. 5, pp. 1056-1057, cited by Экзеков, Мусса (2012). По обе стороны Большого Кавказа. Сборник документов (1-я половина XIX века). Том II. Питер. pp. 570–572. ISBN 9785459008906. 

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