Chapel of St. Nicholas

Chapel of St. Nicholas, Novosibirsk

Chapel of St. Nicholas
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Takarasina
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Teeny-weeny
Aug 2021
This is how it looks among monstrous Soviet era faceless behemoths.
We visited it in the beginning of August while on a tour of Siberia. Consecrated in 1914, ruined by communist obscurantists in 1930 and re-erected in 1993, this chapel symbolizes unbelievable ideological mishmash still reigning in Russians' brains. It stands in the Krasnyi prospekt (Red highway) - named by communists to glorify their non-existent achievements - and neighbours Lenin's square. One of numerous paradoxes of this country...
We loved the church. Small, symmetrical, elegant. Shimmering golden cupolas, pious atmosphere inside.
Recommended.
Written August 27, 2021
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saronic
Zurich, Switzerland20,095 contributions
lost in the middle of Krasny Prospekt
Aug 2019
In the middle of Novosibirsk's main thoroughfare, the Krasny Prospekt (Red Avenue) stands a small chapel of narrow, but tall proportions, with white walls and a central dome plus two tiny smaller domes, all in gold. Above the arched entrance to the west is a fresco of Saint Nicholas and at the back a medaillon of Jesus Christ.

The chapel, dedicated to St. Nicholas dates from the times, when czar Nicholas II was running the country. It was in 1914 that with the financial help of local merchants the architect Andrey Kryachkov could build this sacral monument. A bit further down the same avenue there is a statue of this architect from Southern Russia in front of the 100-Flat Building (also by him), a man, who in Soviet times wasn't building churches anymore, but plenty of important government constructions, alone about a dozen in Novosibirsk.

As can be expected the chapel didn't survive the Soviet period and what we see now is a reconstruction, inaugurated in the year 1991.
Written May 5, 2020
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SiberianHeart
Bajawa, Indonesia115 contributions
Good, nothing extra special
May 2019 • Couples
Good chapel, but small and noisy place. Because of this limitation it's maybe not "must visit" place. But it's up to you :)
Written May 12, 2019
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Eva J
Moscow, Russia2,698 contributions
tiny chapel
Mar 2019 • Solo
As this chapel is in the middle of a walkway in the middle of a split street, you're almost guaranteed to at least notice this chapel at some point while you're in the city.
Written March 20, 2019
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fliss19
14 contributions
Amazing
Nov 2018 • Business
We visited this tiny chapel in the middle of a major road and chanced on a service being held, The Russian priest and his two supporters singing was mystical and magical. It was a truly a special moment in this enchanting ginger bread house of a chapel
Written January 16, 2019
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Andrew M
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The symbol of Novosibirsk
Jul 2018 • Family
The chapel of St Nicholas is the symbol of Novosibirsk. It is located at a busy area on Krasny Prospekt. The chapel was built by local merchants in 1914, to celebrate 300 years of the Romanov dynasty.At the time of construction, the Avenue was named Novo-Nikolayevskiy. It was said that the chapel was the geographical center of the Russian Empire, but this was not correct.

The chapel has an interesting history, as it was destroyed in 1929, and replaced with a Soviet approved statue. This monument was also taken down and replaced by a statue of Stalin, which in turn was also taken down after his death.The reconstruction of the chapel began in 1991, and was finally completed in 1993. The new location of the chapel is slightly different from the old location, as perhaps traffic flow was taken into consideration.The chapel is now an important place for newly weds.

The chapel is in a busy area, so care must be taken when approaching it, as it is located on an "island" in the middle of a busy street. It is painted white, with a grey roof. There is a central gold plated dome, and two smaller domes, all of which have gold orthodox crosses atop.There are pictures of St Nicholas above the wooden door at the front, and also at the rear of the chapel. We had visited many churches and chapels dedicated to St. Nicholas, where his statue was usually shown with sword in hand, protecting the town of Mozhaisk.

This chapel is a must see when visiting Novosibirsk. Another chapel is a short walk away on Kommunisticheskaya Street behind the Museum of Nicholas Roerich. An interesting chapel that we visited is dedicated to St George, but it is quite a distance away in Glory Square.There are many monuments and attractions in this area.
Written September 28, 2018
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pope86
Novosibirsk, Russia645 contributions
Beautiful church
Sep 2018 • Friends
If you are in Novosibirsk doing the sights you almost have no choice but to stumble over this tiny church. If you can definitely poke your head inside to see the art on the walls but make sure you are quiet!
Written September 10, 2018
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Patrick M
103 contributions
Cute - iconic
Sep 2017
You'll see this every time you're in center of Novosibirsk- a tiny landmark in the midst of a sea of bustling traffic- busses, cars and trams scurry by but it is worth a see up close...there are traffic crossings and also entries from the Metro stations...nice!
Written October 6, 2017
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slaffsla
Atlit, Israel1 contribution
Nice one
Oct 2016 • Solo
Looks quite outstanding for the city. Especially beautiful during nighttime. Pictures talk for themselves. )
Written October 16, 2016
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Kirbyk
Portsmouth, VA549 contributions
Quirky
Sep 2016 • Solo
Right in the middle of downtown, surrounded on all sides by traffic jams is this relatively small church. Not sure if it's actually accessible or open but it is a sight not to be missed
Written September 30, 2016
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