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 Church of the Resurrection in Sokolniki 


Church of the Resurrection in Sokolniki (Kedrovskaya church) is an orthodox church of the Resurrection Deanery of the Diocese of Moscow City. The temple is located near Sokolniki. The main altar was consecrated in honor of the Resurrection of Christ, there are also altars in honor of the Mother of God "Joy of All Who Sorrow", in honor of the Apostles Peter and Paul, in honor of the Nativity of Christ (in the basement).
The architect P. Tolstoy built the temple in 1909-1913. The initiative to create the temple belonged to Archpriest John Kedrov. Under him the church was famous for its "chorus of the blind." After the revolution the church was not closed, so many relics from the closed or destroyed churches and chapels were brought there. Among them are the honored list of the Iberian Icon, which was brought from Mount Athos Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich and the prototype of Holy Icon.
The creation of the temple belongs to the era of modernity. The building has the form of a cross with the altar oriented to the south. Usually Orthodox churches are oriented from west to east. Church of the Resurrection is unique as it is directed towards the Holy Land, Jerusalem. This idea was proposed by Archpriest John Kedrov. The central of the nine domes is gilded, and the rest are black. The dome drums are girded by Abramtsevo tiles of the intensive blue colour. In the interior iconostasis and dark oak image cases have been preserved. The painting inside the temple was done under the obvious influence of frescoes by M.Nesterov in Martha and Mary Convent. The architect’s acoustic and visual techniques are unique. The floor has a slope from the entrance to the altar which allows to clearly see the worship even when there are a lot of people in the church. The main body inside is covered with resonators that amplify the sound of the choir.




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