Topic: Beautiful Orthodox Churches
Today, I am launching a new topic: Beautiful Orthodox Churches of Russia. A new church will be featured each Sunday with a brief description and photographs. The Orthodox churches of Russia are magnificent architectural masterpieces of Tsarist Russia. Many miraculously survived the senseless desecration and destruction by the Bolsheviks and later the Soviets. - PG.
The beautiful Transfiguration Church at Nizhnyaya Sinyachikha is situated about 15 km (about 8 miles) from Alapayevsk in the Diocese of Ekaterinburg.
The Transfiguration Church was built in the Baroque style between 1794-1823. Crowned with nine gilded cupolas, the names of the architects are unknown.
After the Revolution, the church was desecrated by the Bolsheviks and subsequently closed in 1939. During the Soviet years it was used for a variety of purposes including a warehouse, mill, social club and a library.
In 1967, a local activist Ivan Samoylov began work on restoring the church. It took 11 years to complete the project. Today, the church is part of the Nizhnyaya Sinyachikha open-air museum. The ground floor features a collection of frescoes, icons, old manuscripts and books, crosses and other religious items. The second floor is a unique exhibit of Ural art.
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 03 March, 2013