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Decorations in Western Manner

Decorations in Western Manner

By request of my repeat client from Canada, today I am putting up the first close-up shot of the decorations of the stunning Nativity of the Virgin church, which was built in first half of 18th century in the reign of Peter the Great in the small village Podmoklovo not so far from Serpuhov town, but from over side of Oka river. The church of Nativity in Podmoklovo has very unusual, completely Western-European style of architecture, which was and is not so common for Orthodox churches in Russia. And it is really amazing that this beautiful rotunda is just sitting almost in the middle of Russian field where one day (many years ago) was pretty fancy estate...

On this picture you can see some interesting details of the decorations of this church. The figures of 12 apostles and 4 evangelists are set on the axes of the arcade's pylons over the cornice on the high pedestals of the crowning balustrade. Built in the reign of Peter the Great, the completely round church in the western baroque style of Peter's new capital was unprecedented in the Moscow Region. By one of the versions from it's historical background, it was erected by Italian architects who may had been hired to construct it by Russian ambassador, Grigory Dolgorukov.

Maybe several years ago they tried to spit and polish this church, but the renovation was stopped because of very limited budget, and nowadays this Western-European masterpiece are standing in very bad condition...

With BEST Regards,
Arthur Lookyanov
Personal Guide & Driver in Moscow
Pictures from Moscow, Russia
Last Edited: May 31st, 2007

Photo taken on 2007-05-14 at 12:18:25

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Ron Levin Ron Levin
From: USA
Date: 2012-04-21 02:04:07

I visited Moscow with my parents in early April 2012 and we hired Arthur to show us around the city for about 2.5 days. We were all very pleased with his services as his English is excellent, he is reliable and he knows the city in and out. He not only knows all the major attractions that most first-time tourists want to visit, but also helped us customize the tour to some of our own interests - including guiding us to Jewish sites of interest, and also a fascinating site for exploring Russian military aviation history! On top of this, Arthur's photographs are professional quality - the photos he took of us at St. Basil Cathedral and of various viewpoints on our evening tour are particularly special. In fact they are the nicest photos I have from any trip in recent memory! Many thanks again from my parents and me!!