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The construction of Russian churches in the Grand Duchy of Baden began in the second half of the 19th century.
The emergence of Russian churches was associated with the emergence of dynastic ties between Russia and Baden at the end of the 18th century. In 1793, the wedding of Alexander the heir to the throne took place with the Baden princess Louise. Soon Louise converted to Orthodoxy, after which she was named Elizaveta Alekseevna.
The construction of the Russian church in Baden was completed in September 1882 thanks to the generosity and zeal of the faithful. Financial support was also provided by members of the Russian imperial family. The architect was appointed the author of the building project. The interior painting of the church was done by Grigory Grigorievich Gagarin, Vice-President of the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts. The consecration of the church in honor of the Transfiguration of the Lord took place in October 1882.
The Grand Duchess of Baden Maria Maximilianovna also took an active part in the creation and maintenance of the cathedral. After the death of the duchess in 1914, her body was buried in the crypt of the temple. There is also the grave of Princess Tatiana Gagarina, who also patronized the Orthodox community.
The church was crowned with a gilded onion dome with a huge cross. Above the main portal of the temple, you can see the image of the Transfiguration of the Lord, made of mosaics by the Venetian artist Salviati. The temple consists of a central part, a vestibule and an altar. Six columns support the roof of the building.
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