Church of St. Nicholas, Obninsk

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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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  • This temple has not almost any relation to the Obninsk. Between Obninsk and a temple there is about 20 miles and one more town, called Balabanovo. It is closer to Borovsk – Pafnutiev-Borovsky monaster...  more »
  • Great place. The temple and the area around it. This piece of the Russian soul, when here visit all will understand. Better to visit in the summer. Explore the temple, visit the fonts and resemble the quiet paths. Many fonts-there are open. Protva River near the river. Quiet, calm and kind
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  • Beautiful temple in a beautiful location on the River Bank of the river. At the bottom a few fonts. Views of the scenic river.
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