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Gorodok and Holy Assumption Cathedral

A ditch, embankment and logged walls with towers – that was the appearance of Zvenigorod Kremlin founded in the 12th century. Nowadays the territory is named Gorodok. The town location at the high hill of the Moskva river left bank defined its character as a watching point from the west side of Moscow. During the reign of Yuriy Dmitrievich (1389—1434), who was one of Dmitriy Donskoy’s sons, Zvenigorod, being the centre of Zvenigorod principality, has reached its dawn. At that very time the Assumption Cathedral (1399) was built - Zvenigorod Kremlin building that has been preserved up to now.

The Holy Assumption Cathedral at Gorodok is the most ancient town church built according to the order of the prince Yuriy Dmitrievich after his successful crusade against the Volga Bulgars. The building belongs to the early Russian architecture Moscow school style.

In 1417 the cathedral was skilfully painted by the famous icon painters Andrey Rublev and Daniil Chernyi. Only a small part of the frescoes painted at the altar area has been preserved in a good way up to now. The church external view has not changed a lot. A belfry was built near it in the XIX century.

The church has a specific feature which you will not be able to notice with the naked eye. The whole church and the biggest building elements (windows, drum) are being a little narrowed from the bottom to the top. This phenomenon has been proved by the careful measurements. It allows the church to seem higher when you are close to it.

The Holy Assumption Cathedral at Gorodok is one of the few orthodox churches open at the Soviet time. The Assumption Cathedral is included into the UNESCO list. Near the Assumption Cathedral you can see the Epiphany church built in 2000 – 2002.

At the foot of the hill near the church there is a holly spring. In the church you can see Kievskaya wonder-working icon of the Holly Virgin.

Address: Russia, Moscow region, Zvenigorod town, 1 Gorodok Str. (1.4 km from Tatiana Provence hotel)

Visiting: Today you can get inside the Holy Assumption Cathedral only during the divine service. At any other time you can admire only the external beauty of the cathedral.

Sources: http://zvencity.ru; http://www.zvgorod.ru/; http://www.ayda.ru/

Photos: www.lori.ru


Address, phones

  • Address: 12 Moscowskaya str., Zvenigorod, Moscow Region, 143180
  • Tel.: +7(495)597-70-28
  • Tel.: +7(495)721-25-26
  • Fax: +7(498)715-78-93
  • Email: reservation@tatiana-provence.ru
  • GPS:
    Latitude: 55°43′48.5″N (55.73014)
    Longitude: 36°51′11.38″E (36.85316)
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