Monday, May 05, 2014
Church of the Ascension, Kolomenskoye - RUSSIA - UNESCO #634
The second card that Leonid sent shows the peculiar Church of the Ascension in Kolomenskoye, on the banks of the Moskva River, not far from Russia capital city. The whole vertical composition is borrowed from hipped roof-style wooden churches of the Northern Russia. According to the sender, the interior was used in some episodes of the TV series 'Game of Thrones'. Thank you so much Leonid, I now have another Russian UNESCO site (only half a dozen missing in my collection) and a total of 369 WHS, 612 more and I'm done. This postcard took 13 days to arrive!
The Church of the Ascension was built in 1532 on the imperial estate of Kolomenskoye, near Moscow, to celebrate the birth of the prince who was to become Tsar Ivan IV ('the Terrible'). One of the earliest examples of a traditional wooden tent-roofed church on a stone and brick substructure, it had a great influence on the development of Russian ecclesiastical architecture.