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 Church of Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary in Kulishki 


Church of Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary in Kulishki is an Orthodox church of Pokrovsky deanery of Moscow diocese. The temple is located near Taganka area in Moscow. The main altar was consecrated in honor of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin, the chapel - in honor of St. John the Theologian and in honor of Holy Great Martyr Demetrius of Thessalonica. Since 1996 the church is the Alan patriarchal farmstead. The service in the temple is held in Old Church Slavonic and Ossetian languages.
Church of Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary is located in the historic district of Moscow which used to be called Kulishki. "Kulishki" is an old Russian word interpreted by different sources in different ways. Among the interpretations can be found such meanings as “a boggy place” and “forest after felling”. Old district Kulishki was located at the confluence of the Moskva River and the Jauza river. Currently this is Soljanka area. The church is located on the arrow formed by Podkolokolny lane and Solyanka Street. In 1547 on this place was a wooden church of Nativity of the Virgin in Kulishki at a crossroads of two ancient roads to Zayauze.
The current building of Nativity church in mature Classicism style was built in 1803-1804 on the place of the old one. The church was severely damaged during the 1812 fire. The fire destroyed the rotunda, silver icon frames were stolen as well as crowns, lamps, clothes and corporals. The sacristy of the church was built in 1880 by architect V.N. Karneev. The church was closed in 1935. In 1991 it was returned to the Russian Orthodox Church and the service was renewed. In 1996 Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin in Kulishki was transferred to Moscow Ossetian community with the blessing of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexy II and became known as Alania farmstead.




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