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Абхазский католикосат. Его возникновение и ранняя история (VIII–X вв.)

Виноградов А. Ю., Гугушвили Ш.
The present work is dedicated to the circumstances of emergence and to the early history of the Catholicosate of Abkhazia. Due to creation of an independent Kingdom of Abkhazia on its territory, in 787 theByzantine Metropolis of Phasis ceases its existence. Its place is taken by a new ecclesiastic body, the predecessor of the Catholicosate of Abkhazia. This new Church was independent of both the Patriarchateof Constantinople and the Catholicosate of Mtskheta, but had a Georgian (“Kartian”) character. At the same time, the Greek hierarchy continued its existence in the northern part of Abkhazia. Theboundaries of the “Catholicosate of Abkhazia” approximately coincided with those of the Kingdom of Abkhazia. Its center was probably originally located in Phasis (Poti) and was later moved to Kutaisi.