Transfiguration Cathedral, Dnipropetrovsk

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Coordinates: 48°27′29.71″N 35°03′59.89″E / 48.4582528°N 35.0666361°E / 48.4582528; 35.0666361

The Saviour Cathedral in Dnipropetrovsk

The Saviour's Transfiguration Cathedral (Ukrainian: Спасо-Преображенський кафедральний собор) is the main Orthodox church of Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine.

The interior

The foundation stone was laid in 1786 by Catherine II of Russia and Emperor Joseph II.[1] The event is described in the memoirs of comte de Ségur. Prince Grigory Potemkin envisioned the church as one of the spiritual centres of New Russia.[1] Ivan Starov submitted to Potemkin his designs for a Roman-style basilica, but construction was postponed until the end of the Russo-Turkish War.

In the early 19th century, Potemkin's plans were revived and updated by Duc de Richelieu, but construction did not start until 1830. The cathedral was built on a smaller scale than originally planned and was consecrated in 1835. The design is attributed to Andreyan Zakharov, chiefly on the ground of its similarity to Zakharov's cathedral in Kronstadt.[1]

The church was closed to worshippers in 1930 and housed a museum of atheism between 1975 and 1988. The building was damaged by an earthquake in 1888 and by bombs during the Second World War.[2]

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