Church of St. Nicholas

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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia18,201 contributions
Church of St. Nicholas, Slyudyanka, Russia.
Apr 2019 • Friends
The first time I saw this church, I was surprised when I viewed the magnificent and beautiful Church of St. Nicholas located here in Slyudyanka, Russia. The church is directly across from the Railway Station and is an easy five minute walk. Why was I surprised? Because the church looks like a brand new church and not a historic and aged relic (built in 1904) from early in the past century.

I learned that the Church of St. Nicholas is indeed relatively new. It was reconstructed in 2010 after being damaged by the Kultuk Earthquake on August 27, 2008.

Of particular interest is a white cross on your right as you approach the church. This white cross has two words in Russian. They are : УНИЖЕННЫЕ at the top and below the words ДА ВОЗВЫСЯТСЯ.

Using Google Translate I found them to mean :

УНИЖЕННЫЕ means Humiliated.

ДА ВОЗВЫСЯТСЯ means Yes Rise.

During the Soviet era the church was used for military uses such as a club and barracks. Thus it was Humiliated - УНИЖЕННЫЕ.

Following WWII it rose again (ДА ВОЗВЫСЯТСЯ Yes Rise) to again become a functioning Russian Orthodox Church.

The friends who live here in Slyudyanka and who took me here to the church asked that I not take any photos inside of the church. We did enter the church to quietly witness a Sunday morning service that was in progress.

I consider this to be a do-not-miss attraction in Slyduyanka especailly if you are at, or even near, the Railway Station.
Written 11 April 2019
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Paisley, UK78 contributions
Local church worth a look
Aug 2018 • Solo
Unfortunately I couldn't enter because there were a number of baptisms taking place. It's a local church used by local people, so gives to a taste of rural Russia.
Written 15 November 2018
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Andrew M
7,144 contributions
Beautiful church
Aug 2018 • Family
This is a beautiful church with an interesting history. We visited it at the end of our transbaikal tour, by walking to it from the station. The church was originally built in 1904 at Polovinka, which is approximately 58 km along the coast of lake baikal, and transferred to this location, in 1914. We were confused that the 100th anniversary of the church was celebrated in 2016, so assumed that the church was reconstructed between 1914-1916, before officially reopening.The structure does not look aged, and this is because it was again reconstructed in 2010, due to the damage by an earthquake in August 2008 which measured 9 on the richter scale.

In between reconstructions, the church suffered the same fate as many other religious institutions during Soviet times, when it was closed in 1929. It was converted to a club, and barracks for soldiers. It was again used as a church in 1947. A white cross to the right of the main path leading to the church is the first landmark that you will see. It has the words "Humiliated and exalted" etched on it. A centennial monument is nearby, and is displayed as a white plaque with the years 1916-2016. The church itself is comprised of three sections. They are all painted different shades of brown, with green roofing and have gold plated domes with orthodox crosses atop. The middle section is lower than the front and the back, which have steeple shaped roofs. The front section has a bell tower below the steeple.

We had a short stop before continuing our journey to Irkutsk, so hurriedly took a few photos and returned to the train. There is an old Soviet monument in Embankment Park, which is a five minute walk north east of the church.
Written 30 October 2018
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