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St. Catherine's Cathedral in Tsarskoe Selo - Sister Church to Christ the Savior in Moscow

The Catherine Church in Tsarskoe Selo

2012 update to the page!  The Church has been rebuilt and is now open for worship.  How pleased Kuchumov would have been to have lived to have seen this.  The church looks fantastic and Lenin is gone.

You can read a full article with pictures and video on Royal Russia News.

This enormous church stood in the center of Tsarskoe Selo surrounded by a park. It was built in 1835-40 by architect, Konstantin Ton, and is a much reduced, loose copy of his Temple of Christ the Savior in Moscow. Many of the same artists who worked on the great Temple also created decoration for the Catherine Cathedral.

To the horror of the people of Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo) and those in charge of the preservation of historic and artistic monuments, the church was destroyed on orders of the Bolshevik Government in the 1930's. In its place a monument to Lenin was erected.

This barbarious act was made worse by the fact that many of the paintings and furnishings of the church - including exquisite works by the artist, Bruni, where blown up when the church was dynamited. Kuchumov, the former curator of the Alexander Palace Museum persoanlly saved a painting of the Last Supper by Bruni at the last minute by offering a bottle of vodka to one of the demolition crew in exchange for it.

Bob Atchison

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Mosaic of Constantine XI and Zoe in Hagia Sophia

Here's a page dedicated to the famous mosaic of the beautiful Zoe the Porphyrogenita and her third husband Constanine the money bags form the upper gallery.

Mosaic of Leo VI from the Narthex of Hagia Sophia

This mosaic stands above the main Imperial door from the inner narthex into the sanctuary of Hagia Sophia.  Leo was married too many times and this mosaic was a result of his problems with the Church.

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Lost Splendor by Felix Yussupov