Annunciation Cathedral

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1 Annunciation Square, Kharkiv, Ukraine

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Pay A Visit To The Cathedral Dec 31, 2017
Annunciation Cathedral is a magnificent building, enclosed by a painted stone fence. The cathedral is illuminated by hundreds of lights in the evening. The style of the cathedral is characterized as a mixture of Russian, neo-Byzantine and Gothic traditions.

Professor Mikhail Lovtsov (1850-1907), a famous Russian architect who lived and worked in Kharkiv, was known for his propensity to experiments. He boldly combined a variety of traditions in the same building. The cathedral was built in 1888-1901 as a traditional Moscow style five-domed temple. Professor Lovtsov was a genius of architecture. He gave the temple the ancient Byzantine hemispherical outline. The cathedral has massive dimensions: the front facade is 34 m long and the height is 59 m. The architect built an 80-meter-high pseudo-Gothic tiered belfry. The abundance of details and the polychrome solution of the facades with alternating horizontal rows of red brick and bright plaster created a kind of memorable appearance of the temple.

The architect did not spare the donors’ money, paint and materials, and, as a result, the cathedral became a unique architectural monument, promising to stand for years to come.

The central iconostasis made of white Carrara marble and its 29 icons, as well the side iconostases with their icons and murals, are very impressive. The side apses are dedicated to St.John the Warrior and the Great Martyr, St. Barbara the Great Martyr.

The cathedral bell tower deserves a special mention. In 1901, when the cathedral was consecrated, it had the highest belfry at that time: its height was 80 meters. The belfry was attacked by the forces of nature several times and, unfortunately, could not withstand them. The cross on the belfry dome fell two times: on July 1, 1974, a sudden tornado hit the iron cross of the beflry and it fell to the ground. The belfry dome cross fell for the second time because of the fire on June 2, 1997. However, it only made the belfry stronger and higher. The new design, which can be seen from different points of the city, is a 90-meter-high belfry that became a worthy ornament of such a majestic cathedral.

The main celebrations of the cathedral are:

April 7 - Annunciation Day;

December 17 - St.Barbara’s Feast Day;

August 12 – Warrior St. John the Great Martyr’s Feast Day;

November 12 – the day of Ozeriana icon of the Mother of God.

Here are more pictures of the cathedral:
A view of Annunciation Cathedral
A view of Annunciation Cathedral
A view of Annunciation Cathedral
A view of Annunciation Cathedral
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starship1 says:
Wow, this Cathedral is so beautiful and unique. The architecture is spectacular. Great review and photos too, Victor.
Posted on: Dec 31, 2017
Victor, great review about this lovely church in Kharkiv. As you know I would love to explore more of Ukraine, especially cities east of Kiev and also the Crimea Peninsula.
Posted on: Jul 15, 2017
german_eagle says:
Beautiful night pictures!
Posted on: Feb 21, 2017
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Feel the Miraculous Power May 03, 2017
Coming to Annunciation Cathedral, you see really see that there are so many wonders around us. It was a miracle to venerate the relics of St. Athanasius. You are sure to feel the fertile energy coming from him; such power ... Words fails me… Allow some time to pay a visit to Holy Annunciation Cathedral and to feel it. You can buy some oil sanctified by his relics. Feel his miraculous power on yourself.

Many pilgrims and visitors of the city know there are relics of St. Athanasius at Annunciation Cathedral.

During the years of Ottoman Empire’s dictatorship, Athanasius (1597-1654) was elected the Patriarch of Constantinople as Athanasius III Patelaros two times: in 1634 as the 193th Patriarch of Constantinople, and in 1652 as the 200th Patriarch of Constantinople. He went on a mission to Moscow in 1654 and died at Lybny monastery, the present Poltava region, on his way back.

The people refer to St. Athanasius as Athanasius the Sessile. He was Greek, so he was buried according to the custom of the Eastern Patriarchs - in a sitting position. The relics of the saint were discovered incorrupt. He was canonized in 1662. Believers come to St.Athanasius with all sorts of diseases and nervous disorders. Now St.Athanasius is the world's only saint sitting on the throne.

St.Athanasius is officially called St.Athanasius the Miracle-Maker of Lubny and Kharkiv. According to many parishioners, St.Athanasius even walks at night. When the priests change his attire, they see that his slippers are worn out. His relics are fragrant during the great church holidays. Different fragrance comes from them. You might think that it is spread by some flavors, but the temple officials say that it is the fragrance of the relics.

May 15 is the memorial day of St.Athanasius.

Also, the cathedral has two other relics of saints: the relics of St. Miletus and of St.Alexander Petrovsky the Holy Martyr.
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starship1 says:
Another good review!
Posted on: Dec 31, 2017
Jo104 says:
sounds like an awesome spiritual place to visit
Posted on: Feb 25, 2017
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Revering St.Athanasius Feb 20, 2017
May 15 is the Feast Day of Saint Athanasius, Patriarch of Constantinople, whose relics repose at Metropolitan Annunciation Cathedral. On that day there is a service at Annunciation Cathedral, which venerates the memory of this saint who became the patron saint of Kharkiv. A large number of believers witness the unfailing love of the Orthodox people to the saints of God.

When you come to Annunciation Cathedral, it fills you with admiration: beautiful murals, carved gilded iconostasis. When approaching St.Barbara’s aisle, an amazing sight opens before your eyes: are the relics of St. Athanasius in a sitting position, in bishop’s garment, under a small canopy near the right wall of the cathedra; the face of the saint is hidden under a white miter. Silence and tranquility prevail here, and you feel the grand trend of victory over death.

Entering Annunciation Cathedral
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Inside Annunciation Cathedral

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