Greek Church and Greek School (Taganrog)

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The Greek Church of Sts Constantine and Helena
Греческая церковь Св. Елены и Константина.jpg
The Greek church (Sts Constantine and Helena church) on an old postcard
Basic information
Location Taganrog, Russia
Affiliation Greek Orthodox
Country Russia
Status Demolished in 1938
Completed 1830
The Greek School
Греческая школа
Ulitsa Grecheskaya, 54
Rostov Oblast
Type parochial school
Religious affiliation(s) Greek Orthodox
Patron saint(s) Saint Constantine and Saint Helena
Opened 1862
Closed 1882
Graduates Anton Chekhov, Nikolai Chekhov
Affiliation The Church of the Saint Constantine and Saint Helena in Taganrog

History of the Greek Church[edit]

The construction of the Greek church was started in 1781 and in March 1782 the church was already consecrated.[1] The first service was held by the priest Nikita Aguros. When leaving Taganrog in 1826, the Empress consort of All the Russias Elizabeth Alexeievna (Louise of Baden) left the church money for a reconstruction.

In 1830 a new stone church was built to replace the wooden one. The public worship was made in Russian and in Greek. During the Siege of Taganrog, from the territory of the church the Cossacks and the volunteer corps refuted the attack of the British and French landing party.

The church was shut down in 1938 and was demolished soon. In the 1940s, a block of flats was built in the same place.

Greek School[edit]

The wooden building behind the Greek church was built in early 19th century, and was later covered with bricks. In early 19th century the building was used by the Greek city council, which co-existed with the Municipal city council. In the 1850s the building was given for the needs of the Greek church, and in 1862 was open as parochial school for preparation of choristers.

The Greek school was financed by the Greek Church of Taganrog and by rich Greek merchants. Among the disciplines were Greek language, theology, mathematics, history, calligraphy, and singing. In 1882 the building was given back to the clergy of the Greek church

Anton Chekhov attended the school in 1866-1868, until at the age of eight he was sent to the Gymnasium for Boys.

After the October Revolution, the building was given to the families of factory workers. The front and the planning of the former school were completely changed.


External links and references[edit]

  • Чеховские места в Таганроге. Путеводитель. Таганрог, 2004
  1. ^ Г.Н.Орлов, Л.И.Найговзин, А.А.Цымбал "Памятники архитектуры, истории и культуры Таганрога на старых открытках и фотографиях". Таганрог. Лукоморье, 2008