Moscow, Church of the Deposition of the Robe

One of the Moscow most beautiful churches is the Church of the deposition of the robe, located in Cathedral Square in the Kremlin.

The construction of the church began in 1484; the building was designed by a group of architects from Pskov, who also projected the Cathedral of the Annunciation. The church’s name originates from a festival dating from the V century AD: this festivity celebrated the arrival of Virgin Mary’s robe from Palestine to Constantinople, where protected the city from being conquered. Church of the Deposition of the Robe was at first the private chapel of Patriarch of Moscow, but, during XVII century, it was acquired by a Russian aristocratic family, and opened to public.

From an architectural point of view, the church has many beautiful elements: from the outside, a great and wonderful dome catches visitors’ attention, while the interiors are particularly fine. Despite the many damages over the years, visitors can admire a beautiful iconostasis by Nazary Istomin Savin perfectly preserved, and the magnificent canvases by the artists Ivan Borisov, Sidor Pospeev and Semyon Abramov.

 

 

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