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Bedia Cathedral

Bedia Cathedral, located in the Abkhaz village of Agubedia (Tkvarcheli district) is an Orthodox Church and one of the main religious attractions in this region. The temple is among the most important examples of Georgian architecture, Dating back to the early middle ages.

The Cathedral was built in the late second half of the X century in honor of the vlakhernskaya icon of Mother of God, the Abkhazian king Bagrat III. In its architectural shape of the temple is very close to the dome. The walls of the Bedia Cathedral is built of hewn stone. In XIII century, was carried out major restoration of the temple, in which was erected the facade and the dome.

The main property of the Cathedral is the Golden chalice. Up to 30-ies of the XXth century bowl was in Ilori Church, after it was handed to a local history Museum in the city of Sukhumi. He is currently kept in the Museum of arts of Tbilisi. Unfortunately, the gold chalice has survived to the present days, it was only the upper part. The Georgian alphabet is engraved around the edges of the chalice, the inscription reads as follows: "In commemoration of the completion of construction in 999 king Bagrat III and his mother Gurandukht donated the Bedia Cathedral of the Golden chalice, which is decorated with relief figures of the virgin, the Savior, the apostles Peter and Paul and the other apostles and evangelists."

Itself the Abkhazian king Bagrat III was the first of the kings of the United Georgian Kingdom emerged at the end of the second half of X century with its capital in Kutaisi and uniting in his part of the Abkhazian Kingdom and some provinces of feudal Georgia. Bagrat III was buried in Bedia Cathedral in 1014.

The temple is located in the canonical subordination of the Abkhaz eparchy of the Georgian Orthodox Church. In XVII century the Cathedral was closed. Church service resumed in it only in the XIX century the Church is currently undergoing restoration work.

Bedia Cathedral is surrounded by poorly maintained household and ceremonial structures on the hill, offering amazing views of the area.