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St Volodymyr’s Cathedral, Kiev Ukraine

Digital paint in Corel Painter based on image taken by my cousin Mark Nayvelt from his last trip to Kiev,
original photo:

In 1852, Metropolitan Philaret of Moscow suggested a large cathedral should be built in Kiev to commemorate the 900th anniversary of the baptism of Kievan Rus’ by prince Vladimir (Volodymyr) the Great of Kiev (St. Vladimir). People from all over the Russian Empire started donating to this cause, so that by 1859 the cathedral fund had amassed a huge sum of 100,000 rubles. The Kiev Pechersk Lavra (Monastery of the Caves) produced one million bricks and presented them to the cathedral as well. The design was executed in neo-Byzantine style initially by the architects I. Schtrom, P. Sparro, R. Bemhardt, K. Mayevsky, V. Nikolayev. The final version of the design belongs to Alexander Vikentievich Beretti. It is a traditional six-piered, three-apsed temple crowned by seven cupolas. The height to the cross of the main dome is 49 m (161 ft).
Vintage view of the cathedral (ca. 1885).

It is the cathedral’s colourful interior that particularly strikes the eye.[who?] Mosaics were executed by masters from Venice. Frescoes were created under the guidance of Professor A. Prakhov by a group of famous painters: S. Kostenko, V. Kotarbinsky, Mikhail Nesterov, M. Pymonenko, P. Swedomsky, Viktor Vasnetsov, Mikhail Vrubel, V. Zamyraylo, and others. The painting of the Holy Mother of God by Vasnetsov in the altar apse of the cathedral impresses by its austere beauty.[citation needed]

The entrance door is adorned with relief bronze sculptures of St. Olga (Princess Olga of Kiev) by sculptor R. Bakh and St. Vladimir (sculptor H. Zaieman) against a blue background. The iconostasis is carved from the white marble brought from Carrara. The cathedral was completed in 1882, however, the paintings were fully completed only in 1896.1

The cathedral risked damage during the Polish-Soviet War in 1920.2 During the Soviet period, the cathedral narrowly escaped demolition, but not closure. Until the Second World War it served as a museum of religion and atheism. The relics of St Barbara, a martyr of the 3rd century AD, were transferred to St Volodymyr’s from the St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery before it was destroyed by the Bolsheviks 3, and have remained there since. After the war the cathedral was reopened and since remained continually open. It was then the main church of the Kiev Metropolitan See of the Ukrainian Exarchate. The cathedral was one of the few places in the USSR where tourists could openely visit a working Orthodox Church. It saw the revival of Orthodox religion in 1988 when the millennium celebration of the Baptism of Kiev marked a change in Soviet policy on religion.[citation needed]
St Volodymyr’s Cathedral roof.

After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, St Volodymyr’s Cathedral ownership became an issue of controversy between two denominations that both claim to represent Ukrainian Orthodox Christianity – the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, a church with an autonomous status under the Moscow Patriarchy, and the newly established Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Kiev Patriarchy, which, ultimately, won the control over the cathderal.

Spiritual leaders of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kiev Patriarchy continue to conduct religious services and prayers in St. Volodymyr’s Cathedral. All the ceremonies are conducted in Ukrainian, accompanied during religious holidays by the Cathedral choir, which is often joined by opera singers[citation needed].

Feb 8, 2013

1x Greeting Card of St Volodymyr’s Cathedral

24 Nov 2011
in '*ART UNIVERSE*' St Volodymyr’s Cathedral was featured in the group ART UNIVERSE

Oct 28, 2011
in 'European Everyday Life (add the place!)' St Volodymyr’s Cathedral was featured in the group European Everyday Life

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Cameras used Nikon D7100, :Nikon D5100 , Nikon D5000 , Nikon D60, Panasonic DMC-Z57 , Canon PowerShotSX10 IS , Canon PowerShotSX3 IS

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  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltover 3 years ago

  • Oct 28, 2011
    in 'European Everyday Life (add the place!)' St Volodymyr’s Cathedral was featured in the group European Everyday Life

    – LudaNayvelt

  • annalisa bianchetti
    annalisa bianc...over 3 years ago

    Great work Luda !!!

  • thank you Annalisa

    – LudaNayvelt

  • George Petrovsky
    George Petrovskyover 3 years ago

    G’day Luda!
    Zamechatel’no! A very realistic painting created here with your masterful use of Corel! Favourite!

  • thank you so much George, this was very special work for me , from my favor city of the world

    – LudaNayvelt

  • Donna Keevers Driver
    Donna Keevers ...over 3 years ago

    Oh, wow! Great image! Well done.

  • thank you Donna , very special place for me

    – LudaNayvelt

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökover 3 years ago

    Amazing work, dear Luda!

  • thank you Bela

    – LudaNayvelt

  • Steven  Agius
    Steven Agiusover 3 years ago

    Brillant work !

  • thank you Steven

    – LudaNayvelt

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...over 3 years ago

    how wonderful!!!!!!

  • thank you so much

    – LudaNayvelt

  • vadim19
    vadim19over 3 years ago

    very nice!

  • spasibo

    – LudaNayvelt

  • peaky40
    peaky40over 3 years ago

    Beautiful work Luda

  • thank you my friend

    – LudaNayvelt

  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsover 3 years ago

    WOW!!…fantastic work Luda!!

  • thank you Kate, I felt a little nostalgic

    – LudaNayvelt

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