Doliskana (Georgian: დოლისყანა, Turkish: Dolishane) is a Georgian medieval Orthodox monastery in the Medieval Georgian kingdom of Klarjeti (modern-day Artvin Province of Turkey). It was used as a mosque, now abandoned. Its construction was finished in the mid 10th century, during the rule of Sumbat I of Iberia. It is located high above the right bank of the Imerkhevi River.

Doliskana Monastery
დოლისყანის მონასტერი
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Religion
AffiliationGeorgian Orthodox
Location
LocationProvince of Artvin, Northeast Turkey (historic Georgian principality of Klarjeti)
Architecture
TypeMonastery, Church
Completedtenth century

The inscriptionsEdit

On the exterior walls of the church are several short inscriptions in Georgian written in the Georgian Asomtavruli script. One mentions the prince and titular king Sumbat I of Iberia.[1] The inscriptions have been dated to the first half of the 10th century.[2]

Inscription 1Edit

 
The sun or mass dial on the south side of the church in 1911

ႵႤ ႠႣႨႣႤ ႫႤႴჁ ႹႬႨ ႱႡႲ ႫႦႢႰႻႡႧ

  • Translation: "Christ, glorify our King Sumbat with longevity."[3]

Inscription 2Edit

ႼჂ ႫႵႪ ႼჂ ႢႡႰႪ

  • Translation: "Saint Michael, Saint Gabriel."[4]

Inscription 3Edit

ႸႵႫႬ Ⴑ ჄႪ

ႧႠ ႢႡႰႪ
ႣႩ
ႬႱჂ

ႧႠ

  • Translation: "Created by the hand of bishop Gabriel."[5]

Inscription 4Edit

ႼႭ

ႱႲႤ
ႴႠႬ
Ⴄ ႸႤ


ႶႰႨ ႢႡႪ

  • Translation: "Saint Stephen, have mercy on priest Gabriel."[6]

Inscription 5Edit

ႨႳ ႵႤ

ႼჂ ႤႱႤ ႤႩႪႤႱႨჂ ႼႤ ႣႶႤႱႠ
ႫႤႴႤႧႠ ႹႬႧႠ

ႵႤ ႸႤ

  • Translation: "Jesus Christ, have mercy on the church of our kings, o Christ have mercy."[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Eastmond, Antony, Royal Imagery in Medieval Georgia, 1998, pp. 224-226
  2. ^ Shoshiashvili, p. 290
  3. ^ Marr, p. 185; Shoshiashvili, p. 291; Djobadze, i. 15 ch. 81-83
  4. ^ Marr, p. 184; Shoshiashvili, pp. 291-292; Djobadze, i. 16-17, ch. 84-85
  5. ^ Djobadze, i. 18, ch. 85
  6. ^ Shoshiashvili, pp. 292-293
  7. ^ Marr, p. 186; Shoshiashvili, pp. 293-294

BibliographyEdit

  • Marr, Nicholas, The Diary of travel in Shavsheti and Klarjeti, St. Petersburg, 1911
  • Djobadze, Wachtang, Early medieval Georgian monasteries in historical Tao, Klarjeti and Shavsheti, 2007
  • Shoshiashvili, N. Lapidary Inscriptions, I, Tbilisi, 1980

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 41°09′57″N 41°57′08″E / 41.16583°N 41.95222°E / 41.16583; 41.95222