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Church OnThe Blood , Ekaterinburg
« on: March 23, 2012, 05:51:41 PM »
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I've just done a Google map search of the Church OnThe Blood In Honor Of All Saints Resplendent In The Russian Land (a beautiful title,but a mouthful) in Ekaterinburg. To my surprise its location doesn't involve either Voznesensky Avenue or Voznesensky Lane, the two streets intersecting to form Ipatiev House corner. Instead,the Church is at 34 Tolmacheva Ulitsa (street). Has the llong and wide Voznesensky Prospect been renamed ? I thought there was also a Voznesensky Square  somewhat across from Ipatiev House but that seems not to be there now either. So, what's the deal?
Does anyone know about this? Better yet, to have been there?

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Re: Church OnThe Blood , Ekaterinburg
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2012, 02:35:45 PM »
I've been there. I'm pretty sure the avenue was renamed.  Ulitsa Karla Liebknechta (named for marxist Karl Liebknecht) is the long and wide avenue that passes Church on Blood.  On page 107 of my copy of FOTR, is a photo looking up Voznesensky Prospect. The layout of the avenue matches what I recall of Ulitsa Karla Liebknechta, complete with the Voznesensky Cathedral on the right side as you're going north.  There is a plaza in front of Voznesensky Cathedral that faces Ulitsa Karla Liebknechta and the back of the church.  The front of the church faces Tolmacheva Ulitsa, which is a long street in its own right, but the part that fronts the church is pretty bare.  IIRC, it there is a type of park/square in front.

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« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2012, 02:51:31 PM »
Thanks very much, Ena. From earlier views of the Church On the Blood I wasn't oriented properly. Just to be sure I'm picturing this correctly, would you say the Church, the front of the Church if that's the proper term, faces west? I'm thinking Tolmacheva ulitsa runs north-south. Is that correct?
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« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2012, 03:05:03 PM »
Yes, the front of the church faces west to Tolmacheva Ulitsa. This ulitsa runs north-south.

Front of Church on Blood


Voznesensky Cathedral (this spills out into a small plaza that faces Church on Blood and Ulitsa Karla Liebknechta)


Back of Church on Blood facing Ulitsa Karla Liebknechta and plaza (your back is now to Voznesensky Cathedral)

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« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2012, 03:19:26 PM »
Thanks again, Ena,both for the info and for the beautiful photos. Voznesensky Cathedral  itself is beautiful in its wonderful blue, white, and gold. Though it may have appeared differently in the IF's time across the Prospekt, I hope they might have drawn inspiration from it.

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« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2012, 04:24:21 PM »
Glad I could be of help, Rodney_G. :-) In the FOTR photo, the cathedral appears to dominate the skyline. Today, sadly, it's somewhat hidden as you're going up the ulitsa.  I hope the family might have drawn inspiration from it as well.

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« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2012, 12:41:09 PM »
Glad I could be of help, Rodney_G. :-) In the FOTR photo, the cathedral appears to dominate the skyline. Today, sadly, it's somewhat hidden as you're going up the ulitsa.  I hope the family might have drawn inspiration from it as well.

If you look at the old photos posted by Sarushka here:
http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=9591.msg263251#msg263251

The third shot (apparently taken from the cathedral bell tower) shows the area between the cathedral and the Ipatiev House.

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y285/sarahelizabethii/Romanov/Arrest%20and%20Exile/Ipatiev_House_56.jpg

At that time the gradually-descending natural slope of the hill was still intact. Voznesensky Prospect intersects Voznesensky Square, running from left (south) to right (north) in the picture, with the Ipatiev House across the street, in the background.


In more recent times, the level of the street was cut lower, slicing into the hillside, which is now supported by a retaining wall that runs parallel to the street (not visible in the modern photos above).
Thus the continuity of the square and the Prospect has been sundered.

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y141/trsny/P1060434.jpg

And it's a shame that it's almost impossible to take a good photograph of the east side of the new Cathedral without also capturing that statue of the "Komsomol Couple"!

As for the sight of the church comforting the Imperial family in its captivity, no doubt it did — and hearing the bells ringing too.

However, because of the two palisades and the whitewashed windows, all that they could see were the shining crosses on the cupolas.

In her letter of April 18 / May 1, 1918, from Ekaterinburg, Grand Duchess Maria Nicholaevna writes to her sister G. D. Olga, back in Tobolsk:
"A wooden fence surrounds it; we see only the crosses on the cupolas of the church on the square."

PS: As for Voznesensky Lane (which ran perpendicular to Voznesensky Prospect, and which descended further down the slope towards the pond) — it was eliminated when the area's street grid was redesigned years ago.
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Re: Church OnThe Blood , Ekaterinburg
« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2012, 01:05:08 PM »

This photo shows the church from the east, looking west.

Voznesensky Lane would have been to the left of the present cathedral.

http://www.reinginiring.ru/uploads/spas_na_krovi2.jpg


Here is a photo looking south down the former Voznesensky Prospect:

http://i.drom.ru/pubs/4483/19319/498361.jpg

The new cathedral is on the right; the retaining wall is visible on the left; and the Voznesensky Cathedral would be further to the left, up the hill more.


Here you can even see the Komsomol Couple statue on the far left:
http://lifeglobe.net/media/entry/503/hrbl_3.jpg
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Re: Church OnThe Blood , Ekaterinburg
« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2012, 01:21:32 PM »
Aha!

I was able to find a photo minus the Komsomol Couple, after all!

It was taken from the railing above the retaining wall.

The shining stars and the falling snow made a lovely combination.




The inscription on the arch is a quotation from the Psalms:
"For Thy sake are we slain all the day long [we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.] Ps. 43:23.

St. Paul also cites that verse in his epistle to the Romans — 8:36.
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Re: Church OnThe Blood , Ekaterinburg
« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2012, 03:42:22 AM »
Wonderful thread and posts, thank you everyone for the info and photos . All this time I thought the name of the church was " Church of the Blood...but it's called  " Church ON the blood " .....it could not be more straightforward.  Not be able to attend church was one of the few things the family complained about during captivity. It was a particular hardship for them. It's comforting that on this site now stands  a church

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Re: Church OnThe Blood , Ekaterinburg
« Reply #10 on: May 10, 2012, 02:31:30 PM »
Aha!

I was able to find a photo minus the Komsomol Couple, after all!

It was taken from the railing above the retaining wall.

The shining stars and the falling snow made a lovely combination.




The inscription on the arch is a quotation from the Psalms:
"For Thy sake are we slain all the day long [we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.] Ps. 43:23.



St. Paul also cites that verse in his epistle to the Romans — 8:36.



Thanks for the translation, Inok Nikolai. I got most of it , all except the central verb whose script didn't seem clear to me .And a most apt quotation it is.

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Re: Church OnThe Blood , Ekaterinburg
« Reply #11 on: May 10, 2012, 04:52:13 PM »
Wonderful photos and information! Thanks for posting :)

Just wondering, are there any photos of inside the church? I would be curious to see what it looks like on the inside...?

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« Reply #12 on: May 10, 2012, 04:57:17 PM »
Wonderful thread and posts, thank you everyone for the info and photos . All this time I thought the name of the church was " Church of the Blood...but it's called  " Church ON the blood " .....it could not be more straightforward. 

Well, it's name reflects the one given to the famous church of our Saviour in St. Petersburg built on the spot where Tsar Alexander II was blown up. The name could also be translated as "the Church on spilt blood".
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_the_Savior_on_Blood
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« Reply #13 on: May 10, 2012, 05:15:21 PM »
I'll try to come up with some interior shots.

For now, here are two looking from the west, i.e., uphill, which capture the bell tower of the Voznesensky Cathedral across the street on the east side.

http://dickhunter.narod.ru/img_0464.jpg

http://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Файл:Вознесенский-Храм-и-Храм-на-Крови-Екатеринбург.jpg


And here is one from the town pond. The blue bell tower and the cupolas of the Voznesensky Cathedral are clearly visible in the background.

The church buildings and cupolas directly to the right of the Church on Spilt Blood are the Patriarchal podvore, or dependency.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/ru/thumb/f/f3/Ekaterinburg_Riverside_View.jpg/800px-Ekaterinburg_Riverside_View.jpg

And here is one shot looking between the columns.
Visible are the retaining wall, the Komsomol Couple, and the Voznesensky bell tower.
http://www.temples.ru/private/f000580/580_0102564b.jpg
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