Saint Andrew's Church of Kiev

LudaNayvelt

Brookline, United States

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The Saint Andrew’s Church or sometimes [incorrectly] the Cathedral of Saint Andrew (Ukrainian: Андрiївська церква; Russian: Андреевская церковь) is a major Baroque church located in Kiev (Kyiv), the capital of Ukraine. The church was constructed in 1747–1754, to a design by the Imperial Russian architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli.

The Saint Andrew’s Church overlooks the historic Podol neighborhood, situated on a steep hill to which the church gave its current name Andriyivska Hill ( Andreevskiy Spusk – russan image below) It is currently one of four architectural landmarks of Ukraine, which were put down on the List of Mankind Treasures of Five Continents by the world society.

The beginning of the currently standing St. Andrew’s Church began with the arrival of the Russian Empress Elizabeth. She decided to construct a summer residence for herself, consisting of a palace (see bellow) and a church. The palace was to be located in the Pechersk neighborhood while the church was to be on the Andriyivska Hill. On September 9, 1744, the official ceremony starting the construction of the St. Andrew’s Church began with the Empress laying the first three founding stones herself.
The church’s pulpit, rarely seen in Eastern Orthodox constructions.

The German architect Johann-Gottfried Schedel was hired to draft out the plans for the church along with the engineer De Bocket. In 1745, Schedel worked out a project, which was later rejected by the Petersburg Building Chancellery. The next person hired was the head architect of the imperial court, Bartolomeo Rastrelli, who worked out a plan which was closely based on a church of a Saint Petersburg institut

As the church sits at top of the hill, foundation problems have been one of the main concerns of preservationists. More recently, the foundation below the church has started to shift, causing some concerns that the church’s foundation might collapse. Cracks have already appeared in the foundation, and some of the church’s falling decor has been found in neighboring areas.

Canon Power Shot S3 IS , September 2009

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