Poti Cathedral

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Poti Cathedral
ფოთის საკათედრო ტაძარი
Poti Cathedral.jpg
Vintage photo of the Poti Cathedral
Basic information
Location Poti, Georgia
Affiliation Georgian Orthodox
Architectural description
Architect(s) A. Zelenko, M. Marfeld
Architectural type Church
Architectural style Neo-Byzantine
Completed 1907
Capacity 2, 000

Poti Cathedral (Georgian: ფოთის საკათედრო ტაძარი), or Poti Soboro Cathedral, is a Georgian Orthodox church in downtown Poti, Georgia.

The cathedral is an imitation of Hagia Sofia[1] in Istanbul, and it was built in 1906-07 with the great contribution of Niko Nikoladze, the mayor of Poti. Notably, Niko Nikoladze chose the location of the cathedral in the center of the town to make it viewable from every side of Poti.

A. Zelenko and M. Marfeld were the architects of this Neo-Byzantine cathedral and the capacity of the church is 2,000 people. The ornaments and decorations are modeled after the medieval Christian cathedrals in the Trabzon mountains. The Poti Cathedral has three iconostases and among the main decoration of the iconostasis are the icons of St. Nino, St. Andrew the First Called, and the St. David the Builder.

This is one of the earliest examples of reinforced concrete applied to a church. The Hennebique system was employed following a project made by the office's engineers in Paris. Several projects were made, but because of the bad soil, a traditional solution in masonry was not adequate. So, the reinforced concrete was used for the foundations and the entire structure, domes comprised.[2]

In 1923, after the Red Army invasion of Georgia, the Communist government turned it into a theater and the bells were donated to the industrialization foundation.

In 2005, the cathedral was restored to the Georgian Orthodox Church.

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Formerly an orthodox cathedral and one of the largest orthodox buildings in present-day Istanbul, Turkey.
  2. ^ Le béton armé, No. 126/ November 1908, page 147-153

External links[edit]

  • (Georgian) Poti Cathedral. Official site of the City of Poti. Retrieved on August 12, 2007.

Coordinates: 42°08′32″N 41°40′29″E / 42.14222°N 41.67472°E / 42.14222; 41.67472