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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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  • This Cathedral was built in second half of 16 century by the order of Ivan the Terrible. Its exterior is very modest but proportions are perfect. Inside you can enjoy very impressive traditional 17 ce...  more »
  • Light and indescribably elegant in its architectural simplicity, the St.Sofia church dominates city line with the silver cupola. It has been around for while. It saw many zgars, invaders, officials, c...  more »
  • The architecture is fantastic. I don't like any religion, however, this place is well worth a visit. I really enjoyed looking round the site.  more »