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The Church of St. Vladimir, located in Marianske Lazne, is one of the most beautiful architectural structures in the city. The building impresses not only with its unusual and exotic architecture, but also with its rich interior decoration.
The idea of building an Orthodox church in the city arose in the 1820s among the Russian nobility who often visited Marianske Lazne. At the same time, fundraising for construction began. In 1878, an Orthodox prayer center was set up in the city hall on the ground floor. A priest from Weimar was invited to conduct the services. Soon, fundraising for the construction of their own Orthodox church began again. As a result, about 25 thousand gold were collected, but the bank in which the money was kept in 1891 it went bankrupt, and the fees were resumed again.
In 1899, a petition was drawn up for the allocation of land for the construction of the temple, in which 80 Russians signed. The authorities approved the application and allocated a plot for construction. In 1900, the first stone was laid in the foundation of the temple. In 1902 the Church of St. Vladimir was consecrated. Nikolay Sultanov became the project architect. The temple was erected in the Russian-Byzantine style.
Externally, the building resembles a cross, the top of which is covered by three apses. The temple is crowned with one large dome. The rich interior is decorated with icons and ornaments. Some of the icons are dated to the 17th century.
Today, the building of the temple houses a unique ceramic iconostasis, created in the village of Kuznetsovo. The iconostasis was designed by the artist Krasnoshchekov, sculptor Anesenko and grinder Ivanov. In 1900, the iconostasis was purchased by Pyotr Petrovich Rykovsky and presented as a gift to the church. This iconostasis is the only ceramic iconostasis in Europe.
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