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Cathedral of Our Lady (Bogolyubovo)

Cathedral of Our Lady (Bogolyubovo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Description of Cathedral of Our Lady

Cathedral of Our Lady is the main church in Bogolyubovo Monastery. It was constructed in 1855- 66. Much of the funds were provided by merchant's wife A.G. Alexeeva and her sons. Cathedral of Our Lady is the main church in the Bogolyubovo Monastery. It was founded on May 19, 1855 and consecrated on May 20, 1866. This Eastern Orthodox church was designed by famous Russian architect Konstantin Ton and Y.M. Nikiforov in the Russian- Byzantine architectural style. In essence it was a smaller version of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. In addition to the main altar it has a smaller alters dedicated to Saint Simeon and Anna the Prophetess as well as apostles Peter and Paul. Central iconostasis of the cathedral that divided altar from the rest of the temple was made by Fyodor Grigoryevich Solntsev.

 

In addition to obvious architectural beauty Cathedral of Our Lady is distinguished by its near perfect acoustics as well as an effective air heating system that surpasses most of modern counterparts. Academic Fyodor Solntsev created the iconostasis of the church and interior frescoes were painted in the 1870 by several artists in a traditional medieval Orthodox style. It was updated in 1907- 08.

 

During atheistic campaigns against religion Cathedral of Our Lady along with most of churches in Bogolyubovo was closed. It was turned into a State Film and Photo Archive due to impressive heating system that required little maintenance. In fact this particular engineering feature might the reason why Cathedral of Our Lady was never torn down on the first place.

 

Cathedral of Our Lady was returned to its rightful owners, Russian Orthodox Church, after the collapse of Soviet Union. Reconstruction project that was started in 1985 continue to this date.

 

 

 

 

 


 

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