Church of the Intercession on the Nerl
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The church was commissioned by Andrei Bogolyubsky. The exact construction date is unknown. According to some sources in the literature, it was built in 1165 to commemorate Andrei's slain son Izyaslav. But Izyaslav died in autumn 1165, and the church could not have been built before the winter.
The monument is built in white stone, and has one dome and four columns in the interior. Its proportions are elongated on purpose to make its outline seem more slender, although this architectural solution made its interior too dark for holding divine services.
For centuries, the memorial church greeted everyone approaching the palace at Bogolyubovo. In spring, the area would be flooded, and the church appeared as if floating on water. The church itself has not been touched by later generations; only the dome's shape has been slightly changed, and porch-galleries were added in the 12th-century, rebuilt in 18th-century and then demolished. The walls are still covered with 12th-century stonecarvings.
- "Vladimir and Suzdal Museum of History, Art, and Architecture" (in Russian). Храм Покрова на Нерли. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
- Media related to Church of the Intercession on the Nerl at Wikimedia Commons
- Views of the church
- Panoramic Views of the Church