Tserkov' Nikolaya Chudotvortsa na Bersenevke v Verkhnikh Sadovnikakh, 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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  • December 31, 2016
    Kryzhovnicheskoj Temple Quay seen from the footbridge from Metro. "Kropotkinskaya" red line subway. Was there with excursion. This temple is the base-16 century, then the add-in 17 century, and above and 18 century. Such a "layered historical pie". Very beautiful "kokoshniki" above. Inside a rich painting. Namolennoe place, very old. Tourists can visit this temple.
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  • December 10, 2016
    The temple is very beautiful. The architecture firm among the top five. Around the Park. In summer take a walk here simply for happiness. You can make a lot of beautiful pictures. All advise.
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  • May 8, 2016
    The temple is located almost opposite the Cathedral of Christ the Savior on the Moscow river embankment. From the road it is almost not visible, you need to go to the yard by the abandoned buildings of the Russian Institute of culture studies. And yard offers beautiful shrine, nicely decorated with the massive porch with arches and pillars. The temple has a very elegant and festive look. On the back side of the temple is a small wooden belfry.
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