Shoana Church


Shoana Church

Shoana Church (Russian: Шоанинский храм), also known as Khumara Church (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 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 Gottingen University.

See also

*Arkhyz
*Senty Church

References

* [http://www.dombayinfo.ru/foto_karachay/gallery22032007 Description and photographs]
* [http://www.dombayinfo.ru/foto_karachay/gallery22032007 Shoana Church on alanica.ru]
* [http://www.stavropol-eparhia.ru/news/?id=20060610110831 The site of the Stavropol Diocese]
* [http://www.pravoslavie-islam.ru/2arch.htm Description by Bishop Gedeon of Stavropol and Baku]


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