Ekaterinburg History: Churches of Ekaterinburg, Russia
Churches in Ekaterinburg, Russia
Ekaterinburg churches are worthy of notice. There were more then 50 churches in the beginning of the 19th century. Ekaterinburg cathedrals and churches, situated on the hills, formed an amazing outline of the city and made it unusually picturesque. Some of them were unique monuments of architecture.
In 1795 the foundation of Exaltation of God Cathedral was laid on the main square of the city (now it is called Square of 1905 Revolution). Its 66 - meter bell tower was the highest construction in the city. The church was called "Cathedralny" in honor of the vicar Bishop's department, which sat in the church since 1833.
Exaltation of Holy Spirit Church (“Big Zlatoust”) stood on the corner of Uktusskaja Street and Pokrovskij Avenue (now they are called Vosmoe Marta Street and Malysheva Street correspondingly). Opposite this church there was another church, it was named Cathedral of Ioann Zlatousts ("little Zlatoust"), and erected in pseudo Russian style.
There was another church complex in the park "Zelenaya Roscha" ("Green grove"). It was called Novo-Tichvinskij Monastery. Its main construction, Cathedral in the name of Saint Prince Alexander Nevskiy, was dedicated to the heroes of the Patriotic War of 1812.
One of the oldest churches of Ekaterinburg, Church Ascension stands on one of the highest spots of the town, Voznesenskaya hill. Its foundation dates back to 1792. Its building lasted for 100 years. Today Church Ascension of Ekaterinburg is the cathedral church of local bishopric.
A few churches were built on the territory of the Verch-Isetskiy Plant. For instance, Christmas Church is one of the best examples. Its original look remained from old times till nowadays. Now it serves as a temple for old devotional community.
Many Ekaterinburg churches were ruined and lost during the Soviet times. Though some of them were preserved and now they are under construction. New Ekaterinburg churches and temples are built. Thus, Chapel in the name of Martyr Elizaveta Fjodorovna was built in 1992. It was erected on the place of execution of the tsar's family. Later, in 2000, magnificent Cathedral on Blood was erected there.