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Church of Prince Dmitry (Dmitri) "On the Blood" (Uglich)

 Church of Prince Dmitry 'on the Blood'

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Description of Church of Prince Dmitry "on the Blood"

Church of Prince Dmitry 'on the Blood'Church of Prince Dmitry "on the Blood" is the most famous temple in Uglich. It stands on the banks of confluence of the Volga River and Stone Creek. Church of Prince Dmitry "on the Blood" was constructed on a site of unexpected death of prince Dmitry on May 15, 1591. Death of son of Ivan the Terrible is still unexplained. The official story was that he was playing with his friends when epileptic seizure cause his fall. Prince Dmitry fell on the ground and severed his artery that lead to quick death. Other people claimed that he was murdered by two assassins who were sent by Boris Godunov, close associate of Ivan the Terrible who took Russian throne after the death of Dmitry, the last in the male line of Rurik dynasty. What ever might the true cause of his death is still unknown, but legitimacy of Boris Godunov was immediately questions by the public. It lead to a turmoil of Civil War. Polish and Lithuanians quickly seized the chance to conquer Russia. They failed, but Russia lost thousands of lives in the decade that became known as the Troubled Times in Russian History.

 

Soon after death of Dmitry a small wooden chapel was erected on this tragic place, but it was burned down by the invading Polish (Roman Catholic) soldiers. After new dynasty of Romanoff established peace in the country a new wooden church was built on this site in 1630 to honor memory of a dead prince. Later a winter church of Archangel Michael was added. Russian tsar Alexey (Alexei) Mikhailovich visited the Church of Prince Dmitry in 1633 and entered the altar where tomb of prince was located.

 

In 1692 stone version of the church was constructed. The upper church was dedicated to Prince Dmitry who was recognized as a saint by Russian Orthodox Church, while the lower part was dedicated to Archangel Michael. Iconostasis of the main church was added in 1866. Today the church is mostly a museum. Services are held occasionally, but they are rare. The remains of Prince Dmitry were removed and transported to Moscow.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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