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Cathedral of the Ascension (Собор Вознесения Господня) (Tver)

 Cathedral of the Ascension (Собор Вознесения Господня) (Tver)

 

 

 

Location: Ulitsa Sovetskaya 26

 

 

 

 

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Description of the Cathedral of the Ascension

Cathedral of the Ascension is a Russian Orthodox Church in the historic center of Tver dedicated to Ascension of Jesus Christ on the 40th day after his death on the Cross from the Mount Olive in Jerusalem. It was originally constructed as a wooden church in the late 16th century. However it was burned down in the late 17th century by Polish- Lithuanian invasion and Civil War that became known in Russian history as the Troubled Times. New church of the Ascension and Church of Epiphany was built here shortly thereafter. In 1725 both churches were destroyed by a fire. Current Baroque Cathedral was erected in 1760- 1768. Bell Tower was added in 1805.

 

After Russian Revolution of 1917 Cathedral of the Ascension was looted by Soviet government and finally closed in 1935. Ironically it was re- opened in 1941 when Tver was occupied by the German forces and assistance of a puppet mayor Yasinskiy.  Service was held by Bishop of Kalinin (Soviet name for Tver) Basil (Ratmirov). After liberation of the city in December of 1941 it was closed again and turned into a museum of industrial achievements. After collapse of Soviet Union in 1991 Cathedral was returned to its rightful owners, Russian Orthodox Church. On January 7th 1993 (Orthodox Christmas) the first Christian service was held after half a century of being closed. Today it is well known pilgrimage site since it carries relics of the martyr Saint Thaddeus.

 

 

 

 

 


 

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