Assumption Cathedral

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11 University Street, Kharkiv, Ukraine

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Visit Assumption Cathedral Feb 06, 2018
Assumption Cathedral is one of the oldest Orthodox churches in Kharkiv. It was the first city cathedral. It was built in 1685-1687 and was rebuilt several times later. The cathedral bell tower is 89.5 meters high. It is the second highest bell tower in Ukraine.

The massive bell tower completed in 1844 became the main dominant of the historical center of Kharkiv. It is still one of the tallest buildings in the city with its height of about 90 meters. The belfry is pleasing to the eye with its harmony of proportions and the purity of its forms. The complex architecture of Assumption Cathedral incorporated the bell tower, combining the two styles of past epochs - Baroque and Classicism.

The inscription on the memorial plaque on the belfry wall reads, "St.Alexander Nevsky Belfry was built by diligent city residents to celebrate the victory in the Patriotic War of 1812, the appreciation of God for saving Russia from Napoleon's invasion and the entry of Russian troops into Paris".

The cathedral was closed by the godless Bolshevik authorities in 1924. In 1929, it was partially disassembled. In the fifties - eighties of the last century, it underwent a comprehensive restoration with the aim of using the building as a concert hall in the future, owing to its excellent acoustics. Since 1986, it was used as the House of Organ and Chamber Music of the Kharkiv Regional Philharmonic Society.

Since 1990, Divine Liturgy has been held by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) on the second floor of the building . As the church dean told us, there were plans to move the Philharmonic House of Organ and Chamber Music to the building of the Philharmonic Society, where the premises had been prepared, and to return the entire church building to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. As a result, the last concert at the big hall of this cathedral was held on November 13, 2016.

On August 19, 2016, a new Hall of Organ and Chamber Music was dedicated in the building of Kharkiv Philharmonic Society. Aleksander Schulke Company from Germany installed the new organ. According to the director of the Philharmonic Society, Yuri Yanko, the total value of the new organ comprised 1.2 million Euros. This amount does not include the payment of customs duties, installation and configuration tools.
A night view of Assumption Cathedr…
Assumption Cathedral, Kharkiv
Assumption Cathedral, Kharkiv
Icons at the liturgy hall of Assum…
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german_eagle says:
Interesting history. The interior of orthodox churches somehow always amazes me.
Posted on: Feb 21, 2017
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