Royal Doors of Iconostasis of Smolenskaya Church

Royal Doors of Iconostasis of Smolenskaya Church
«Royal Doors of Iconostasis of Smolenskaya Church»

The splendid interior of the small church in the name of Our Lady of Smolensk impresses its visitors with beautiful frescoes, stain glass windows and extremely rich wooden carved iconostasis (flat screen with icons). Iconostasis decorated with wooden carved statues of angels and saints that are very unusual for Russian Orthodox churches. The church was built on the site of a former kitchen by order of Empress Elizabeth in 1746-1748. The money for construction was donated by Duke Razumovsky.

In 1920-1930, the iconostasis was lost. To replace it, the iconostasis from one of the destroyed Moscow churches was installed here in 1956. The iconostasis was designed by architect Ukhtomsky. It is contemporary to the Church and is of the same style.

Photo #090 taken on June 21, 2013 during countryside tour to Sergieyev Posad with my dear clients from Australia, Ian and Angela Hayles.

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