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Church of Elijah the Prophet (Yaroslavl)

 Church of Elijah the Prophet (Yaroslavl)

 

 

 

Location: Ilyinskaya Square

Entrance Fee: 70 rubbles

Open: 10am- 1pm and 2- 6pm Thu- Tue May- Sept

 

 

 

 

 

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Description of the Church of Elijah the Prophet

Church of Elijah the Prophet (Yaroslavl)Church of Elijah the Prophet is one of the most beautiful churches of Yaroslavl and also second largest temple in the city. Church of Elijah the Prophet was built in 1647- 50 by funds provided by wealthy merchant family of Skripin. In the 18th century government officials reconstructed the layout of the whole city to fit more European conceptions of order. Church of Elijah was preserved and became the center of a radial ring system of streets. Five onion domes of the Church of Elijah the Prophet represent God and four gospel writers around. Internal frescoes cover the walls from the floor to the ceiling. They were made by Gury Nikitin and Soloy Savin. The main iconostasis of this Yaroslavl church was made in the 17th century in the Baroque style. Several icons were donated by the Skripin family.  They were written (not painted in Russian Orthodox tradition) by a royal court artist F. Zubov.

 

In the late 19th century Church of Elijah was reconstructed by another rich Yaroslavl entrepreneur and philanthropist Ivan Vakhromeev. The temple has experienced a revival, but it didn't last for long. After Revolution it was closed and turned into a museum. Most of the church possessions were looted, stolen or removed to a local Yaroslavl museum. This includes a small piece of the Robe that is claimed to have belonged to Jesus Christ. There was a threat of complete demolition of the old church, but residents of Yaroslavl protested and managed to keep their church. Today Church of Elijah operates both as a museum and an active church. Orthodox services are still held here on major holidays.

 

 

 

 


 

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