Church of St. Sampson the Hospitable

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Church at the Battlefield Jul 25, 2017
Church of St. Sampson the Hospitable is located on the outskirts of the city in Swedish Grave Street. The church was founded in 1852 in honor of the victory of the Russian army over the Swedish army in the summer of 1709. The church was dedicated to St.Sampson since the Russians defeated the Swedish army on St.Sampson's Day.

Peter I himself wanted to erect a temple on the battlefield to commemorate the fallen soldiers. However, the Holy Synod lingered with the resolution. After the death of Peter I, the idea was almost forgotten. Privy Councilor Joseph Sudiyenko(1742-1811) decided by run the will of the deceased czar and donated 100,000 of his own money for the construction. However, he did not live up to the start of construction, and his money was gradually spent by the city authorities for other purposes.

It was only after the personal intervention of Tsar Nicholas I that the construction of the temple was started by the Russian architect Joseph Charlemagne (1782-1861). In 1856, St. Sampson Church was solemnly consecrated.

The church was reconstructed in 1893- 1895 again. In 1909, a gate belfry was added to the entire complex.

When you visit Church of St. Sampson the Hospitable in Poltava, please pay attention to its back side where you can see great mosaics depicting Peter I. You can read his words with which he addressed the soldiers before the battle.

Here are his words (in my translation):

"Soldiers! Behold, the hour has come, that should decide the fate of the Fatherland. You do not have to think that you fight for Peter, but for the state, entrusted to Peter, for your kin, for your country, for the Orthodox faith and our church. Keep your truth and God, who is fighting for you, before the eyes in the battle; have faith in God, the Only One, who is all-powerful in the armor. Moreover, you should know about Peter, that his life is not dear to him, only Russia should live in bliss and glory for your well-being".
St.Sampson Cathedral, Poltava
St.Sampson Cathedral, Poltava
St.Sampson Cathedral, Poltava
St.Sampson Cathedral, Poltava
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