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Church of the Twelve Apostles
The Church of the Twelve Apostles (Russian: церковь Двенадцати Апостолов) is a minor cathedral of the Moscow Kremlin, commissioned by Patriarch Nikon as part of his stately residence in 1653 and dedicated to Philip the Apostle three years later.
Although premises for the Muscovite metropolitan had existed in the Kremlin ever since the 14th century, Patriarch Nikon, who aspired to rival the tsar in authority and magnificence, had them replaced with a much more ambitious residence, centered on a spacious chamber in the form of the cross, once used as a banqueting hall but now serving as a museum of applied arts. To this structure adjoins from the south a domestic church of the patriarchs, originally consecrated to Philip the Apostle until the dedication was altered to the present one in 1682.
The church is almost as prominent as neighbouring grand cathedrals of the 15th century, due to its placement upon a high pediment, pierced by two large arches allowing passage from the Cathedral Square to the patriarch's court-yard. The exterior walls are decorated with two belts of columned arches which reference both the neighbouring cathedrals of the Cathedral Square and the great churches of the 12th-century Vladimir-Suzdal school which had been their inspiration. The rigorous outline of five helmeted domes, in keeping with Nikon's conservative architectural tastes, serves to accentuate the church's Byzantine pedigree.
The patriarchal residence was seriously damaged when the Bolsheviks shelled the Kremlin in October 1917. Subsequently the church was restored in order to accommodate the applied arts museum. Very little subsists of its original murals, yet there is a delightful 17th-century iconostasis, salvaged from the Ascension Convent cathedral upon its demolition by the Bolsheviks and displaying many fine old icons, notably those by Fyodor Zubov and Simon Ushakov.
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francio64 (38264) 2010-05-25 14:26
a parte la composizione bella dove tu sei maestro nel genere, ciň che mi colpisce č quel cannone e il suo colore fortemente contrastante con quello della chiesa.
Budapestman (82620) 2010-05-25 15:04
a superb architectural photo with attractive details and composition, the old cannon is very spectacular in the foreground, Tfs! Have a nice day! Kellemes napot Kívánok!
PaulVDV (20233) 2010-05-25 15:05
You could also have titled this picture 'war and peace'.
Very well composed, many interesting details, beautiful colours and a real strange combination of a church and a cannon.
Best regards, Paul
raszid62 (18583) 2010-05-25 17:49
Ta lepi beli cerkev s čudovitim jaške. Ampak najbolj impresivno to pištolo, bi morala braniti tempelj proti silam pekla ?. Kakovost slike odlične.
yeln (11504) 2010-05-25 20:58
mislim, da ve kaj bi napisal ob taki fotki!
torej so vse besede skoraj odveč.
z eno besedo S U P E R !!!!
dip (23512) 2010-05-25 22:25
I noticed that all people on the picture are busy to making or look photos :)
beautiful church,and the cannon in the fg,is an eye-catching on the image,
vasilpro (40701) 2010-05-25 22:36
Excellent POV, beautiful atmosphere, impressive old cannon in FG and interesting architecture in BG, lovely colors.
Have a good day, Vasilis.
SWEETFREEDOM (21544) 2010-05-25 23:09
another fine view of this church but what strikes me is the size of the cannon in the foreground, really big.
sabermonajati (8845) 2010-05-26 4:17
people enhance to composition .amazing frame you shot.
ikeharel (51495) 2010-05-26 20:51
I see a nice lady in pic. near a massive canon, and 3 photographers ( 2 on left)compete with you.
And I see a church in bright colors, with a great contrast on photo.
Have a nice day,
delpeoples (52301) 2010-05-26 21:35
Hello Sasko, again you have created a wonderful perspective, you really have a good eye for this. I like the vibrant colour, the vertical frame emphasises even more the perspective and I like how you have composed the canon in front of the church. TFS and I wish you a good evening, Lisa
subhendu_bagchi (25111) 2010-05-27 6:27
what a capture. Great composition of the church with the massive canon in foreground. Light and depth are superb. Very well done. Tfs.
Ricx (13495) 2010-05-28 9:16
Hi Sasko, I like the balance in this image. The tree fits in perfectly with the gun and model in front. Nice framing. well done Rich
- Copyright: Sasko Glavica (Fante) (5429)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-04-24
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D90, Nikkor 18-105mm AF-S DX F3.5-5.6G ED VR
- Exposure: f/13.0
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2010-05-25 14:01