St Sophia cathedral, Vologda

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Saint Sophia Cathedral is a Russian Orthodox cathedral, the oldest surviving building in the city of Vologda. It was constructed between 1568 and 1570 under personal supervision of Tsar Ivan the Terrible in the period when Vologda was the capital of the Oprichnina lands in Russia, and completed in 1587. The cathedral is located on the right bank of the Vologda River, just outside the former fortress known as the Vologda Kremlin.The cathedral was designated by the Russian government as an architectural monument of federal significance (#3510063013).HistoryThe cathedral was built in 1568-1570, when Ivan the Terrible introduced the Oprichnina and made Vologda its capital. The model after which the cathedral was built was the Assumption Cathedral in the Moscow Kremlin. Ivan personally supervised the construction, and the builders were permitted to use almost unlimited resources. Ivan also, for unknown reason, ordered the cathedral's unusual orientation: its altar apse does not face east as is common in Orthodox Churches but rather northeast. In 1571, Ivan the Terrible unexpectedly left Vologda and returned to Moscow. Soon afterwards, he abolished the Oprichnina and never showed any further interest in Vologda. He even gave an order for the cathedral to be demolished before he left the city, but subsequently withdrew it. By that time, the cathedral was constructed but not yet decorated or consecrated. The cathedral was completed during the reign of Feodor Ivanovich, the son of Ivan the Terrible, and consecrated in 1587.
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  • July 28, 2017
    Saint Sophia Cathedral-Centre of Vologda and its main attraction, it should see all who arrive in Vologda. A magnificent structure of the 16th century, a monument of Russian architecture, as part of the "live" monument of Ivan the terrible. I would advise local authorities installed on the Cathedral square the monument to the Tsar Ivan the terrible, which owes its Vologda flowering. Unfortunately, now (July 2017) dome in the Cathedral in forests-they refurbish. On Sunday in a cathedral divine services are spent-recommend to visit, enjoy the magnificent chorus.
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  • July 27, 2017
    Hagia Sophia is located in the historical centre of Vologda. Near other important places of the city, where usually photographed at the memory (the belfry, konsistorskij yard, Park ...). Fifteenth century, architect, Aristotle Fioravanti. Grandiose construction, recommend for compulsory attendance was open to visits in Monday (when most museums Vologda output). The price of admission 200 roubles. for pensioners 100 rub.
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  • July 11, 2017
    The most symbolic place in Rome! The dome of St. Sophia Cathedral bewitch. Particularly impressive in the sunset time against the backdrop of the setting sun. Vintage murals finally podrestavrirovany. The Cathedral is open to the public. Looking at it willy-nilly when I reflect on the past. on the ancient ... Immediately comes to mind is the time of Ivan the terrible. The dome is now in the Woods ....
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