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Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral: the temple, which could sink into oblivion

The life of this impressive religious buildings could be quite short — only two decades. And Sormovsky district of Nizhny Novgorod could lose one of its main assets.

The temple is situated in the street of Scherbakova, within transport and walking distance from the street of the Comintern, Culture and Commemorative Boulevard.

In 1849, near the village Sormovo was founded a Machine factory towing and imported shipping would eventually grow into a giant industry — Sormovo plant, which by the end of the nineteenth century there were over 10 thousand people. The needs of the congregation was served by the old Church of Alexander Nevsky, which was already not able to accommodate all believers, and in 1898 the Synod took the decision to build the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral. The new Church, designed by architect Paul Malinowski in Russian-Byzantine style, was designed for two thousand parishioners, together with the choirs two and a half thousand). He received two chapels — of Kazan and a picture, and the height of the cross reached almost 43 meters. Inside the temple, whose construction was completed in 1904, was decorated six-tier carved iconostasis. In the 20-ies of XX century the Cathedral was planned to explode, but fortunately, this idea was abandoned, though the tower is still broke. In the early 90-ies the Church was returned to believers.

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