Poti Cathedral

Poti, Georgia

Poti Cathedral is an imitation of Hagia Sofia 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 Trabzonmountains. 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.

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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E60 24, Poti, Georgia
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Founded: 1906-1907
Category: Religious sites in Georgia

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vlD noni (16 months ago)
nádherný kostel
Giorgi Bekurashvili (2 years ago)
Beautiful and modern church
Mariam Kvitsiani (3 years ago)
It's a beautiful church, with interesting history. Nothing like traditional Georgian-style church, it was supposed to imitate Hagia Sofia. During Soviet era, it was transformed into a theater, but since then it went back to being a church.
Bacho Zarra (3 years ago)
1895 წლის 17 ივნისს რუსეთის იმპერატორმა ქუთაისის სამხედრო გუბერნატორს ნება დართო, შექმნილიყო ფოთის საკათედრო ტაძრის მშენებლობის განსაკუთრებული კომიტეტი, რომლის ხელმძღვანელობა დაევალა ნიკო ნიკოლაძეს, რომელსაც განუზრახავს ქართული არქიტექტურული სტილის ტაძრის აგება, სათანადო პროექტიც შექმნილა, მაგრამ როგორც ირკვევა იგი რუსულმა მმართველობამ დაიწუნა, შემდგომ კი არქიტექტორების ზელენკოსა და მარფელდის მიერ შემუშავებულ იქნა ახალი პროექტი კონსტანტინეპოლში არსებული წმ. სოფიას ტაძრის მიხედვით. იგი წარმოადგენდა თითქმის მის ზუსტ ასლს, შემცირებული მასშტაბით. ტაძარი 2000 მლოცველზე იყო გათვალისწინებული. ფოთის საკათედრო ტაძარი 2011 წელს 1906 წლის 14 სექტემბერს, ჯვართამაღლების დღესასწაულზე, გურია-სამეგრელოს ეპისკოპოსმა გიორგიმ (ალადაშვილი) ტაძრის საძირკველი საზეიმო ვითარებაში აკურთხა. საბჭოთა მმართველობის დროს ტაძარში აიკრძალა ღვთისმსახურება და შენობა გადეცა ქალაქ ფოთის თეატრს, ამდენად იქ ფუნქციონირებდა ფოთის დრამატული თეატრი. 2005 წელს სახელმწიფომ ტაძარი ისევ საქართველოს ავტოკეფალურ მართლმადიდებლურ ეკლესიას გადასცა.
archili skhvediani (5 years ago)
Nice church, built a couple of years ago.
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