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Church of St. Nicholas, Moscow

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Church of Saint Nicholas in Khamovniki is a late 17th-century parish church of a former weavers sloboda in Khamovniki District of Moscow. The church is a federal listed memorial building. It marks the corner of present-day Komsomolsky Prospect and Leo Tolstoy Street, two blocks beyond the Garden Ring. The church yard occupies a whole block between Leo Tolstoy and Timur Frunze streets and includes a row of small old houses.HistoryFirst records of a presumably wooden church on this site are dated 1625. The main five-domed church was built in 1679-1682; bell tower and refectory were completed around 1694. Present day church sources claim that the bell tower in Khamovniki is one of the highest tent-style bell towers in Moscow region. In 1757 the builders added a side annex dedicated to Saint Dmitry of Rostov.The church is an example of late Muscovite Baroque that preceded short-lived Naryshkin Baroque of the 1690s. It belongs to a numerous class of bonfire temples (огненные храмы) – church buildings without three internal load-bearing columns, crowned with layers of small circular kokoshnik-type gables. Each gable is a symbol of a heavenly fire (biblical thrones – angels or seraphs); a tightly packed group of gables is an architectural metaphor for the Throne of God. Small decorative columns "supporting" the lower level gables are an indicator of a Western influence in a typically vernacular building.
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  • Very beautiful mosaic icon of Nicholas Chudotvorstva. In the evening an unusually beautiful, happy bells across the street. All excellent mood!
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  • The parish church of St. Nicholas of Myra in Pyzhi is known since 1625. The main altar was consecrated in honor of the Annunciation, chapel - St. Nicholas of Myra. In the sad years of persecution it h...  more »
  • Be sure to come to this temple. Complete all Bolshaya Ordynka Street. Check out lanes. Will appeal to those who are interested in history and architecture.
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