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Alexander Nevsky Cathedral (Собор Александра Невского) (Nizhny Novgorod)

 Alexander Nevsky Cathedral (Nizhny Novgorod)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Description of Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral at Strelka construction began on 17 July 1868 on a site of the traditional Nizhny Novgorod Fair by the orders of Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich. Layout and overall appearance of Alexander Nevsky Cathedral was designed by an architect R.J. Kileveyn. Most of finances were donated by rich traders of Nizhny Novgorod. Frescoes and icons were painted or written in Russian Orthodox tradition by a famous painter from Moscow, F.A. Sokolov. Several icons were donate by the Saint Macarius Monastery. On July 20th, 1881 Alexander Nevsky Cathedral was consecrated and dedicated to famous Russian medieval political and military leader. It is ranked third highest among all Russian Orthodox churches.

 

Unfortunately in 1930 Alexander Nevsky Cathedral was closed by the decision of the Soviet authorities. Many historic icons, church utensils and other items were stolen. Other items were simply burned on a square before a church. Residents of Nizhny Novgorod managed to save several icons and hid them under danger of persecution and even death. Miraculous icon of Our Lady of the Holy Cross was preserved and today it is stored in Vysokovsk Church. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral itself was used as a warehouse and even a residential apartment. Only in the 1980's authorities of Nizhny Novgorod began large scale restoration work that returned church its original appearance. Today Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is returned to its rightful owners,  Christians of the town.

 

 

 

 


 

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