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Transfiguration Cathedral (Ivanovo)

Transfiguration Cathedral (Ivanovo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Description of the Transfiguration Cathedral in Ivanono

Construction of Transfiguration Cathedral began on August 27, 1889 and lasted until 1893 under supervision of Moscow architect Alexandr Stepanovich Kaminsky. Most of the funds for the new church was provided by wealthy industrialist M.N. Garelin. The consecration of this church took place on August 24, 1893. External details were made in a manner similar to Russian architecture of the 17th century. Icons of iconostasis were written (not painted in Russian tradition) by Moscow artist Y.I. Ruchkin, while the wall frescoes were made by another artist Belousov. Many of the icons in the church were donated by Garelin family.

 

Originally Transfiguration Cathedral was intended to house about 700 residents of Ryliha village, but in the early 20th century it grew significantly and became part of Ivanovo metropolitan area. Additionally Soviet Revolution of 1917 led to closure of several Christian Orthodox churches in other areas of Ivanovo. Many people were forced to come here and pray in cramped conditions. It was finally closed by atheist government and on May 19, 1940 frescoes were destroyed by direct order from the regional executive committee. During World War II atheist Soviet government was forced to reopen many churches and monasteries in Russia. Transfiguration Cathedral in Ivanovo became one of the lucky ones. On November 17, 1944 the church was re- opened. It got a status of cathedral or a seat of a bishop, head of Diocese of Ivanovo- Kineshma. It was one of the few open Orthodox Churches so there were few options for a service. Frescoes were painted on walls again, iconostasis was reconstructed. Two side chapels were dedicated to Saint Nicholas and Kazan Icon of the Mother of God.

Today Transfiguration Cathedral of Ivanovo has an active parish. They hold Sunday school classes for children 6- 10 years. Additionally they provide help to elderly, patients in hospital and involved with foster kids in Ivanovo.

 

 

 

 

 

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