Church of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God in Kolomenskoye - Russia

The white stone five-domed temple of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God adorns the territory of the Kolomenskoye Museum-Reserve.

Church of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God in Kolomenskoye - Russia

Church of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God in Kolomenskoye
Church of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God in Kolomenskoye

The white stone five-domed temple of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God adorns the territory of the Kolomenskoye Museum-Reserve. It attracts attention with its classic, primordially Russian architecture, characteristic of the churches of the mid-17th century - the era that followed the formidable Time of Troubles and sometimes the accession of the Romanov dynasty to the Russian throne. Unlike most religious buildings - closed, decayed or completely destroyed during the Soviet Union, this temple managed to survive. It did not function in the short period of 1941-42, after which the services were resumed and never stopped. Annunciation Cathedral of Kazan.

A Bit of History

Regarding the foundation of the church, there are two versions: the first says that it was built in honor of the 100th anniversary of the capture of Kazan on the site of an old wooden building, the second and more common one claims that the project was conceived under Tsar Mikhail Fedorovich in 1612, when they were expelled from Moscow Polish-Lithuanian invaders, but they were already implemented under his son Alexei Mikhailovich. Initially, it served as an adjoining chapel and was connected by a 50-meter passage with the wooden palace of Alexei Mikhailovich, and from the 18th century it began to serve as a parish church with Kolomensky.

What to See

The structure is made in the form of an elongated cube, fixed on a high basement. A number of arched spans and windows of various shapes are located along its perimeter. The second tier is a traditional quadruple topped with spherical domes.

It is believed that the appearance of the facade and walls is quite typical of 17th century religious construction, but there are a number of unique features: rich exterior decor in the form of improvised arc ceilings, classic balconies and pilasters framing window openings.

The square hipped bell tower is a rare example of the architecture of that time. Today such constructions can no longer be found in Central Russia. Also, a massive porch with a peaked triangular roof, protruding onto the promenade alley of the park, deserves a special mention - not a single guest of Kolomenskoye will pass by it.

Unfortunately, the historic interior has not been preserved. Once the temple was decorated with carved icon cases, rich fabrics and carpets, today the walls are covered with not so long ago art painting. On the 5-tier iconostasis, valuable icons of the 17th century have been preserved.

The miraculous image of the Sovereign Mother of God and a copy of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God are considered one of the main shrines. In one of the side-chapels, there is a statue of Jesus Christ made of wood, which belongs to the hand of an unknown master.

For parishioners, there is a Sunday school that accepts adults and children. The local bishop choir participates in important divine services and various professional festivals. It features singers from the Bolshoi Theater and the Moscow Musical Theater. K. S. Stanislavsky and V. I. Nemirovich-Danchenko. Church of the Life-Giving Trinity in Moscow.

Practical Information

Address: Moscow, Andropova Avenue, 39, bldg. 9.

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