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Sentinsky temple – oldest christian church

senty church near teberda river North Caucasus mountains landscapes

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In the 10th century, Byzantine missionaries reached the Caucasus and built several Byzantine-style churches around Teberda river. Sentinsky temple, built in the year 967, represents the oldest christian church in Russia.

 

The details are scarce about the influence of Christianity in the region but Circassians are known to have converted to Christianity (after previously holding “Habze” beliefs). They remained Christian until the XVII century conversion to Islam under the Ottoman influence. Alans (proto-Ossetians) are also mentioned, but Ossetians shared pagan beliefs until teh XIX century conversion Orthodox Christianity under Russian occupation.

The date of Sentinsky’s construction is written on it in ancient Greek, as the Christian mission is believed to have been lead by Nicholas Mystikos, the greek Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople.

On the way up to Sentinsky

On the way up to Sentinsky

Caucasus mountains Senty Byzantine church

up to Sentinsky church North Caucasus mountains

 

Senty church North Caucasus christianity

Senty Byzantine church North Caucasus mountains

Sentinsky church North Caucasus christian

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Senty church interior North Caucasus christianity

interior Senty church North Caucasus christianity

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Western Caucasus mountains in the background

Western Caucasus mountains in the background

View down on Teberda river

View down on Teberda river

Sentinskychurch North Caucasus mountains landscapes

Sentinsky church North Caucasus mountains beautiful landscapes christianity

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