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Cathedral of the Nativity (Alexandrov)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Description of Alexandrov Cathedral of the Nativity

Alexandrov Cathedral of the Nativity is one of the most prominent Christian churches in the town. It stands on a site of one of the oldest churches in Russia. First church dedicated to Saint Nicholas the Wonder (or Miracle) - worker was constructed in Alexandrov in 990 shortly after Russia adopted Christianity as its official religion making it one of the oldest churches in the country. The area was named after the patron saint and was popularly known as the Nikolsky churchyard. Later a new wooden church was build next to a church of Saint Nicholas. It was dedicated to the Nativity (Rozhdestvo in Russian) and the area became known as Rozhdestvensky Pogost (Churchyard) that became the name of Rozhdestvensky village that surrounded it. Over time Alexandrov grew in size and joined with a small village.

 

New church of the Nativity was created in 1649 and briefly served as the main church of the female monastery that was found here in the 17th century. In 1687 Churches of Saint Nicholas and the church of the Nativity of Christ were visited by royal princesses Peter Alekseevich (later Peter the Great) and his brother John Alekseevich. Once Peter became the Emperor of Russia he ordered replacement of two wooden churches with a single stone cathedral of the Nativity with a small chapel of Saint Nicholas the Wonder- worker.

 

In 1829 Cathedral of the Nativity got its bell tower that was constructed with donations of Alexandrov merchant Baranov. However it was torn down by the Soviets in 1929 soon after they took control of the region. In 1847 cathedral saw massive restoration project. It was increased in size and new architectural modifications were made to the church as a whole including the addition of a small chapel in honor of the Archangel Michael.

 

As many other Christian or religious buildings in Alexandrov, Cathedral of the Nativity was closed during Soviet rule. Former church was used as a theater and a cultural center. It was reopened only in 1991. In 2002 it was restored and its walls were secured.

 

 

 

 

 


 

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