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Church of the Annunciation and Saint Apostle Jacob (Благовещенско- Яковлевская церковь) (Yaroslavl)

Church of the Annunciation and Saint Apostle Jacob Благовещенско- Яковлевская церковь Yaroslavl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Description of Church of the Annunciation

Church of the Annunciation was built in 1769 using the funds of common citizens of Yaroslavl. It was constructed on a site of a small medieval monastery of Saint apostle Jacob. Monks moved into impenetrable forests and wetlands to look for salvation. They erected a wooden church along with small huts for brothers. Polish armies discovered well hidden monastery and burned it down along with everyone inside. Shortly after invaders left Yaroslavl and Russia a new wooden chapel was constructed on a site of burned down convent. Stone church replaced formed house of prayer in 1778. It was dedicated to the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint James the Apostle. Bell tower and winter church was completed in 1783.

 

Unlike other Christian temples in Yaroslavl Church of Annunciation and Saint Jacob the Apostle was never closed during atheistic rule. Some believe that this facts is owed due to a fact that it contains a massive relic of a wooden cross inside. Local legend claim that it was discovered by a local rich land owner in the 13th century. He got sick and during his sleep he saw a cross buried in the forest. He sent several of his workers to dig for the relic and discovered it. The legend claims that the cross healed the man. He donated the wooden relic to the Church of Annunciation and Saint Jacob the Apostle. While it might seem like a cute story it is completely plausible. Russia in the 13th century was attacked by hordes of Mongols. Locals could have hidden their cross from a local church and buried it in the woods to keep it away from the hands of heathens. So discovery might have been not so accidental. Prophetic dream of a rich land owner might have been a coincidence. Whatever might be the real story behind its discovery, but it is a revered relic that miraculously survives since the medieval period. In 1856 it was encased in metallic case.

 

 

 

 


 

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