Church of the Intercession on the Nerl
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The church was commissioned by Andrei Bogolyubsky. According to some sources, it was built to commemorate Andrei's victory over the Bulgars and his son Izyaslav, who was slain in the battle. The exact construction date of the church is unknown.
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.
- Dmitriĭ Olegovich Shvidkovskiĭ, Russian Architecture and the West, (Yale University Press, 2007), 36.
- Janet Martin, Medieval Russia:980-1584, (Cambridge University Press, 1996), 84.
- "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