Poti Cathedral, Poti

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Poti Cathedral (Georgian: ფოთის საკათედრო ტაძარი), or Poti Soboro Cathedral, is a Georgian Orthodox church in downtown Poti, Georgia.

The cathedral is an imitation of Hagia Sophia 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.

Alexander Zelenko and Robert 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 Trabzon mountains. 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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  • Stunning church right in the middle of the town and within walking distance from everything. Very safe area also at night and beautiful park next to the church. Well worth a visit  more »
  • Before Poti was built it was ready real city PLAN. The central part of city was planned as Main Cathedral and main Park. If you will come at 15/08 2020 for Kafal fest - new festival for developing.....  more »
  • Very nice
  • 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.
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