Perhaps the main attraction of these places is the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, built on the shores of Lake Onega in the 18th century.

So: the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin (Uspeenskaya Church) is an Orthodox church in the city of Kondopoga of Kondopoga region in Karelia. The church is located in the historic part of the city, in the former village of Kondopoga, on the shore of Lake Onega.

Assumption church is a monument of wooden architecture of Zaonezhie and branch of the Kondopoga municipal museum of Local lore. During Orthodox holidays in the church services are held, mostly in the summer. According to the decree of January 23, 1918 about "the separation of church and state", all church property passed into the management of the Department of Museums, Monuments Protection of art and antiquities".

 In August 1926 the church inspected Onega expedition led by Igor Grabar, which was attended by architect PD Baranovsky, restorer GO Chirikov, NN Pomerantsev and photographer AV Liadov.

The Church is not rebuilt, but was restored in 1927, in 1950 and in 1999.

In the summer of 1960 by the decision of the Council of Ministers of the RSFSR church was placed under state protection.

Near the Assumption Church placed two more wooden buildings that was destroyed during the Soviet era - winter church of the Virgin (1857) and the belfry (XVIII century).

In the years 1829-1831, next to the Church of the Assumption of the money of parishioners a wooden belfry was built, and in 1857 - winter church of the Nativity of the Virgin. The bell tower was demolished in 1930 and the winter church - in the 1960s.

The temple was built in 1774 - already at the end of the wooden architecture era. It belongs to Prionezhsk architecture school. The church was built in memory of the victims participating of the Kizhi uprising in 1769-1771, which was attended by farmers and Kondopozhskaya parish.

Iconic arch of the Assumption Church is of particular artistic value, since it is the only surviving example of the "Divine Liturgy" in the current church.

In the center of the dome there is the image of "Christ the Great Hierarch" and around it in 16 triangular icons - the six-winged seraphim angels in deacon's vestments.

Sky of Kondopoga Assumption Church – is the only example of the composition "Divine Liturgy" in the current church. In the central medallion of the sky, there is the image of "Christ the Great Hierarch". Just around Christ, on the frame of the central ring there are seraphim and cherubim and angels in the deacon's vestments with liturgical attributes in their hands, moving in a circle from the west to the east.

In the XIX century ensemble of the Assumption Church was supplemented by two buildings. In the years 1829-1831 at a distance of 14 meters from the temple was erected a wooden octagonal bell tower height of 42 meters. A quarter century later in 1857 the wooden winter church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary completed the complex.

After the arrival of Soviet power in Kondopoga in 1918, Assumption Church lost its religious significance and got the status of an architectural monument. In the XX century, it experienced 3 restorations: in 1927, 1950 and 1999 and was recognized as a monument of national importance. However, not all buildings of the ensemble were so lucky. According to the recollections of local residents in 1934-1935 the bell tower was dismantled, all the bells were removed and were moved and only one left in the barnyard. The fate of the others is unknown. As for the Church of the Nativity of the Virgin - it was closed in 1929 and before World War II it was used as a collective farm grain storage and as a club. In the 1960s, the building of the temple was dismantled in the winter. Thus, from the whole complex, the only Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin survived.

Today, restoration and reconstruction work continues.

And finally: remember that the entrance fee to the church museum, photographing charged separately:

After exploring this wonderful facility (I always liked wood building), we have gone further, for new experiences from wonderful Karelia at this time of year... But that’s another story!


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