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IKORTA CHURCH OF THE ARCHANGEL

IKORTA CHURCH OF THE ARCHANGEL
Zemo Artsevi Village, Georgia
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BACKGROUND

According to lapidary inscriptions on its exterior walls, King George III of Georgia commissioned the construction Ikorta Church in 1172. It was used as a burial place for the dukes of Ksani, who contributed funds for the church’s construction. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

Following its abandonment in the nineteenth century, the church steadily deteriorated. Periodic seismic activity continually weakened the structure and water penetration damaged the interior. These problems were exacerbated by inadequate maintenance as well as unsuccessful conservation efforts. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

The church, an excellent example of a medieval Georgian dome church, is a significant cultural and religious center in the country. The lavish decorative program of the church combined elements of eleventh-century Georgian aesthetics with early features of the new stage of artistic development that took place during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries in the region. (...)