Cathedral of the Assumption (Uspensky Sobor), Smolensk
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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). Put Cathedral of the Assumption (Uspensky Sobor) into our Smolensk itinerary builder to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Smolensk.
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  • The cathedral stands on the mountain and from any location in its golden cupolas visible)) I was there very early in the morning, almost one around the Cathedral! This golden decoration of such Greatness, I had not seen in his life))) Soul simply enters paradise, tears in his eyes and you can stay there for hours. The Divine Cathedral)
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  • Been to many religious institutions in Russia and abroad. This is a very interesting Cathedral. Interesting location. On the Hill, you have to climb stairs. Interesting architecture! Auspicious atmosphere. One of the most interesting places in Smolensk!
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  • Here you need to go. In addition to the beautiful appearance of the Cathedral, very good inside! BTW, the temple officials offer guided tour where you will learn about the rich history of the city and the Cathedral.
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