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Church of the Intercession on the Nerli (Bogolyubovo)

Church of the Intercession on the Nerli (Bogolyubovo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Description of Church of the Intercession on the Nerli

 

Church of the Intercession on the Nerli is an elegant Russian Orthodox church located few kilometers from the town of Bogolyubovo. Its simplicity and beauty made it one of the most recognizable churches in Russia. Church of the Intercession on the Nerli or Nerl was constructed in 1158 during reign of Russian Prince Andrew Bogolyubsky. Old Prince wanted to honor the life of his killed Vladimir residents as well as his son Izyaslav Andreevich who died fighting the Volga Bulgarians. The church, like many other churches in Russia, was dedicated to the Virgin Mary. According to legend, described in the Life of the Holy Andrew Bogolyubsky, white stone has been specially selected for the church, which was brought from the Bulgarian kingdom. But this assumption is refuted by historical facts, as well as paleontological analyzes that same stone used in the construction.

 

Church of the Intercession on the Nerli was constructed on an artificial hill with a complex foundation with the depth of about 5 meters. This complicated construction ensured that the church would withstand rise of the river during floods. Occasionally the river floods the plain turning the human made hill into an island surrounded by water. The walls are slightly wider at the bottom and more narrow at the top, thus giving an impression that it is higher than it looks.

 

Church of the Intercession of the Virgin walls were carved with beautiful and elegant reliefs. The central figure in the composite complex three facades is a King David, the Psalmist, seated on a throne and holding in the hands of the psaltery - He was surrounded by the figures of various exotic animals as well as birds who came to listen to him. The age, however, eroded these reliefs for the most part. All of the original painting of the temple were completely lost even before 1877. Although some still remain in place.

 

Church's simplicity and elegance marks this church as one of the most beautiful churches in all of Russia. In the past few years Russian government constructed a road to the church that is now accessible to pilgrims, including those who have limited mobility. In 1992 Church of the Intercession on the Nerl was added on the World Heritage List of UNESCO in 1992.

 

 

 

 

 


 

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