Shoana Church

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Shoana Church
Христианский храм X века.jpg
Basic information
Location  Karachay-Cherkessia
Geographic coordinates Coordinates: 43°48′16″N 41°53′22″E / 43.80444°N 41.88944°E / 43.80444; 41.88944
Architectural style Byzantine-style
Dome(s) 1

Shoana Church (Russian: Шоанинский храм), also known as Khumara Church (Russian: Хумаринский храм), is an early 10th-century Alanian church sited on a cliff above the left bank of the Kuban River, 7 km upstream from Karachayevsk, Russia and 4 km downstream from the ruins of Skhimar, in the vicinity of Kosta Khetagurov Village. It is a typical Byzantine-style church, 12.9 meters high, with three naves, separated by four pillars. The building was first explored and depicted by Joseph Bernardazzi in 1829; a more scholarly description was given by Abraham Firkovich in 1848. Two medieval books from this church are now in the University of Göttingen.

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