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Another old photo I took when I was in Russia as a teenager. I didn't really like how the color version turned out, as I was using a very old 35-mm camera, so I attempted a black and white version, which ended up kind of grainy, but captures the dreamlike essence of this structure, and many others in Moscow, which seem sometimes more fairy tale than reality, with their ostentatious color schemes and gilded onion domes.

This is the ornate Church of St. Nicholas in Khamovniki (AKA St. Nicholas the Wonderworker), which was built from 1679-1682, but there was a smaller wooden one on the site since at least 1625. The bell tower and refectory were not completed until 1694, and a side annex was built in 1757, dedicated to St. Dmitry of Rostov. It's situated at the corner of Komsomolsky Prospekt and Leo Tolstoy Street (named for the famous author who lived in the church parish, two blocks north of this street). The church itself isn't enormous, but the church yard occupies n entire block. It's the parish church of a former weavers Sloboda. It's a good example of Moscovite Baroque, popular at the close of the 17th century. It's topped with layers of gables which are symbolic of heavenly fire. It was damaged in the fire of 1812 but was renovated and opened again in 1849. t's been renovated a couple of times since, most notably in 1949 and 1972. Several important icons are housed here, including those of St. Alexis and Hodegetria of Smolensk.

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  • Copyright: Terez Anon (terez93) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 87 W: 78 N: 941] (1729)
  • Genre: Lugares
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 1993-07-00
  • Categories: Arquitectura
  • Versión de la foto: Versión original
  • Date Submitted: 2019-07-12 16:30
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