The Story Of One Church

The Story Of One Church

St. Andrew’s Church is one of the symbols of Kiev, Ukraine, which is also famous abroad. It is an Orthodox temple named after St. Andrew the Apostle. It was built in 1749-54 by the order of Empress Elizabeth on the place where had been erected the cross by St. Andrew during his trip to the North. The architect of the construction was Bartolomeo Rastrelli who was also famous for being an author of such structures as Mariinsky Palace in Kiev, Winter Palace in St. Petersburg and the Catherine Palace in Pushkin.

The Story Of One Church

St. Andrew’s Church was repeatedly restored. When it lost support from the royal court it started to decay. Ground water eroded the foundation, cracks appeared in the walls and the decor was partially damaged. Some elements of Rastrelli were lost during the restoration in 19-20th centuries. The initial shape of the domes was also slightly changed. Throughout the XX century significant restoration works were repeatedly carried out: a new drainage system was built, the columns were strengthened, as well as the walls; the iconostasis, the arches, the cornices and the marble floors were repaired, the lost fragments of the sculptures and carving were renewed, the paintings were restored.

In the 70-80s of the last century new restoration works were carried out based on the drawings of Rastrelli.

The Story Of One Church

The church some time before the restoration of the 1970-80s.

The Story Of One Church

The condition of the church right before the restoration.

The Story Of One Church

The restoration of the 70-80s began.

The Story Of One Church

And this is how it looked after.

The Story Of One Church

Now the Andrew’s Descent sidewalks are full of filthy stalls unfortunately.

The Story Of One Church

The Story Of One Church

To build the church on the edge of the hill, it was put on a two-storey basement – stylobate, each floor had eight rooms.

The Story Of One Church

The height of the church itself is almost 50 meters (164 ft). The building has one dome only, its diameter is ten meters (33 ft), and four small decorative cupolas which creates the effect of a traditional five-domed church.

The Story Of One Church

The guests of the church go up the iron stairs.

The Story Of One Church

The Story Of One Church

The church was built in the Baroque style, which is characterized by formality, impressiveness, dynamic architectural forms, rich decor, bright contrasts of wall paiting, the abundance of gold.

The Story Of One Church

The Story Of One Church

The Story Of One Church

The Story Of One Church

The Story Of One Church

That’s the symbol of Empress Elizabeth.

The Story Of One Church

The Story Of One Church

The Story Of One Church

The Story Of One Church

The Story Of One Church

The Story Of One Church

Главным акцентом здесь является иконостас красного цвета высотой более 23 м. На иконостасе размещены 39 икон разной формы и содержания. Окна, двери, ниши, купол церкви декорированы богатой лепкой с позолотой. Изначальный чугунный пол в конце XIX в. был заменен мрамором.

The main detail of the interior is the red iconostasis over twenty three meters (75 ft) high. The windows, doors, niches, domes are molded with gold. The original cast-iron floor was replaced with marble one at the end of XIX century.

The Story Of One Church

The Story Of One Church

The Story Of One Church

The Story Of One Church

The Story Of One Church

The Story Of One Church

Due to multiple restoration and its location this church almost has never served as a church. Since 1968 it has been a museum.

via tov-tob

4 thoughts on “The Story Of One Church”

  1. I dont think this is a waste of resources. There is only one St. Andrews. If the church were allowed to go to ruin, the people still would not be fed, or housed. Corruption and greed keeps bad people rich, and good people poor. Fix the corruption, there is enough for everybody.

  2. There was a time when the churches were closed and destroyed and people never had less to eat, dress or anything else left than any time after and before.

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