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The Church of Laying Our Lady’s Holy Robe

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Four cathedral-museums occupy the most important place in the Kremlin Museum-Preserve. These are the Assumption Cathedral, the Annunciation Cathedral, the Archangel Cathedral and the Church of Laying our Lady's Holy Robe. All the temples have played a significant role in the history of the Russian State and are open to the public.

The Church of Laying Our Lady’s Holy Robe was a home church of Russian Metropolitans and Patriarchs. It was built in 1484-1485 by Pskov’s stone-layers.

The Cathedral’s main icon (to the right of the King’s gate) represents the ceremonial laying of the holy on the altar throne of the Court Emperor’s Cathedral.

The four-tiered iconostasis of 1627 has been preserved almost intact. The major part of its icons were painted by tsar’s icon-painter Nazary Istomin Savin. The iconostasis and murals form the unique artistic ensemble. The scenes of the murals illustrate the life history of Virgin Mary and the solemn chant in honour of Our Lady - Acathistus. On the pillars, Russian Metropolitans and Moscow Princes are depicted. The interior is adorned with ancient items of cathedrals’ decoration - the candelarium and so called “lean (gaunt) candles”.

In the gallery of the Church you can see a rare exhibition of Russian wooden sculpture of XV-XIX centuries.

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The Church of Laying Our Lady’s Holy Robe

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