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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  • I have been in many monasteries, cathedrals, churches, but having come here inside, spirit captured, very very nice. On the territory of bake their delicious bread, muffins, assorted muffins. There are guided tours of the Cathedral groups.
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  • The appearance of blue-green on the Hill is visible from train station. Are lit up at night. Also body is very huge and inside are overwhelmed at the height of the ceiling and the iconostasis.
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  • You will be amazed by the iconostasis, as soon as you enter the Cathedral. He even struck by its beauty, and the Napoleon Bonaparte ordered put protection to French soldiers nothing learned from the Cathedral.
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