Cathedral of the Assumption (Uspensky Sobor), Smolensk

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Must see · Religious Site · Church
Admire the interior and exterior splendor of Cathedral of the Assumption (Uspensky Sobor), perched on a hill and shining gold, white, and aquamarine over the town. Established in 1101, the cathedral that now stands on the site was completed in 1772, after the previous cathedral had been destroyed by an explosion of gunpowder stored in the church's basement (part of the ammunition depot during the 17th-century Siege of Smolensk). In the early 1100s Prince Vladimir Monomakh gave the cathedral an icon of Mary holding Jesus, which was stolen in the 1930s and never recovered. When you enter the church, examine the intricately detailed gold work, and seek out the shrine to Mary (Theotokos). Plan to visit Cathedral of the Assumption (Uspensky Sobor) during your Smolensk vacation using our convenient Smolensk day trip tool.
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  • The Assumption Cathedral of Smolensk dominates its skyline. It is the cathedral where future Patriarch Kirill used to serve prior to his enthronement. During the Great Patriotic War it was spared...  more »
  • You can't miss this church, as it sits high on a hill. The iconostasis inside is beautiful, with 3D, filigreed carvings. Absolutely lovely.  more »
  • This is the main dom of Smolensk, do not miss the place behind it, which gives a panoramic view on the city.  more »
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  • I love this place because it has beautiful lcon inside, called - "icon of Mother of God-Hodegetria"
  • nice chirch. very nice decorated in side
  • Nice, but too many people around who wants money
  • very baeutiful colors
  • Spectacular inside

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