The Church of the Intercession on the Nerl

The Church of the Intercession on the Nerl near Bogolyubov survived miraculously to the present day. Unlike other cathedrals Vladimir was threatened by fires and incursions of the Tartar-Mognolskoy army, and even militant atheists of the communist era, and the same representatives of the Orthodox Church.

The Church of Intercession on the Nerl was built by Andrew Bogolyubsky in memory of his beloved son Izyaslav, who died during the campaign of Vladimir’s troops in the Volga of Bulgaria. The white stone was used to make the front of the temple where it is rumored that it was carried out as compensation.

The temple is still quite new in Russia, where feasts are held to the Virgin, which, with the consent of the Patriarch of Constantinople and Metropolitan of Kiev, was presented by Prince Andrew as evidence of the patronage of the Virgin of Vladimir-Suzdal .

The Church of the Intercession on the Nerl was built in a meadow and isolated near the Nerl River, the place was chosen by the prince. There it was, of course, very picturesque, however, it was flooded during the spring rains, so it had to be built an artificial hill because of this. During the flood period the temple was completely surrounded by the waters of the river, approaching almost to the same walls.

Although this temple is considered one of the greatest masterpieces of Russian architecture, structurally it is very simple to the usual transverse temples. The proportions of the temple are considered very delicate, and the composition is simple, which, in comparison with the greatness and wealth of the Cathedral of the Assumption, was to symbolize the victory of the spirit over the material.

Temple builders use various special techniques to create the temple details and weightlessness. The temple walls are tilted slightly inward to visually increase the height, even more emphasis is placed on the narrow windows, elongated columns and elongated dome drum.

Outside the walls, the facades are decorated with traditional white stone carvings of Vladimir’s cathedral. The three walls repeat the same story of King David, sitting on a throne and surrounded by pigeons and lions. According to the excavation, the temple was previously surrounded with an open gallery, decorated with bright tiles.

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