Church With Unique Porcelain Cupolas is Under Construction in Peredelkino
An artists rendition of the cathedral once it is completed in Peredlkino
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A unique stone cathedral with porcelain cupolas will appear in Peredelkino near Moscow soon. The work is being done on the grounds of the Moscow Patriarch’s residence in Peredelkino to build a cathedral in honour of Grand Prince Igor of Chernigov and of Kiev there. Its cupolas will be covered with porcelain, not with gold leaf as is traditional in Russia, and the technology, which remains unparalleled in the world, has been developed in St. Petersburg.
What prompted skilled craftsman from St. Petersburg to build a cathedral with colourful cupolas was St. Basil’s Cathedral on Red Square in Moscow. Although it was built at the end of the 16th century, people continue admiring its colourful and sophisticated cupolas.
The cathedral under construction in April 2011
"This idea did not appear all of a sudden. At first a proposal was made to us to use big porcelain pieces. And still, since I have been working with ceramics for more than20 years now, I understood perfectly well that big porcelain pieces will be not good for this. And when we started considering the architectural decisions, our fears were confirmed. The point is that that all constructions, which were made with the use of big ceramic pieces, proved short-lived. That is why we decided to take small porcelain pieces. And porcelain is resistible to weather changes."
Several porcelain domes, resembling the Faberge eggs, have already been erected in Peredelkino, and now the architects and ceramic artists are working on the biggest cupola of the new cathedral, continues the St. Petersburg artist:
The cupolas will be covered with porcelain, not with gold leaf as is traditional in Russia
The main cupola, which will be approximately the size of a 3-story building, will be nearly 10 metres in diameter. The ultramarine colour will prevail there.
Today the technology of making porcelain cupolas is recognized as unique and is patented as Russia’s know-how. And the St. Petersburg craftsmen are hopeful that not only clients from Russia but also the ones from other countries will start asking them to erect porcelain cupolas.
Sources: The Voice of Russia