Ascension Cathedral, Novocherkassk

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The Ascension Cathedral is a Russian Orthodox church in Novocherkassk, Rostov Oblast, Russia. It used to be one of the largest churches of the Russian Empire and the main church of the Don Host Province.
The five-domed building, which stands 75 meters tall, is a notable example of the Russian Neo-Byzantine architecture. It was erected between 1891 and 1904 on the site of an earlier church. The first church on the site was built to Luigi Rusca's designs. It collapsed in 1846. A replacement church collapsed 17 years later.
The existing church building was designed by a local architect, Alexander Yashchenko, and dedicated in 1905. The worshipers were expelled from the church by the Communists in 1934. The Orthodox congregation resumed services in the upper church in 1942, after the Communists had been ousted from the Don Region by the Wehrmacht.
The Starocherkassk and Novocherkassk cathedrals are considered the main spiritual centres of the Don Cossackdom. Matvey Platov, Vasily Orlov-Denisov, Yakov Baklanov and other atamans of the Don Cossack Host are buried in the church. A bronze statue of Yermak, the conqueror of Siberia, in front of the porch was designed by Mikhail Mikeshin.
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  • I loved, is a classical place to go in this city, beautiful paintings and is possible to buy souvenirs in the church, reccomendation , put your cap out of your head when you will be inside  more »
  • It's really impressive. I would advise you to take a guide and go upper floors, to the bell tower. The cathedral has a great history, as well as a town Novocherkassk.  more »
  • Wonderful and very beautiful place. Specially in the evening and Early morning. You can rest under the trees near the park and see the beauty.  more »

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