The Russian Orthodox Church, London

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#177 of 261 in Historic Sites in London
The Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Dormition of the Mother of God and All Saints is Grade II* listed cathedral of the Russian Orthodox Diocese of Sourozh, which is the Moscow Patriarchate's diocese for the islands of Great Britain and Ireland. The cathedral is located in Ennismore Gardens, Knightsbridge, London, England. It houses the administrative apparatus of the diocese.
The church was built in 1848–1849, and the architect was Lewis Vulliamy. The western façade is a very close copy of that of the Basilica of St. Zeno, Bishop of Verona, in Verona, Italy. This similarity has only existed since the reconstruction in 1891.
The building of the cathedral was built in 1849 as the Anglican Church of All Saints.
Architect Lewis Vulliamy proposed to build a church in Lombard style instead of the conventional Gothic style. However, the full project could not be realized due to financial reasons. Consecration of the church took place in July 1849. It became a parish, with the boundaries of Kensington Palace Gardens to Albert Gate. The parish had about 5,000 people.
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  • Attended for part of the Vespers service, the inside of the church is an amazing space covered in icons with lots of candles burning in the low light. Continuous singing by a magnificent hidden choir....  more »
  • I saw a piece about this church and decided to see it for myself. It is unlike any other church I have been in. It is sparcely furnished but there are many religious paintings on the walls and many...  more »
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  • Russian church, was a great experience. Very clean and quiet place, looks like newly renovated. The staff is friendly, shop have quite big variety of everything you need for religious purposes. Prices are good, not high. Looks like they have some educational classes for children and help group for those who really needs it. Worth to have a visit.
  • Absolutely fascinating. So different. The icons were perfect and I wonder how and where they have obtained them from. It was so different to the other cathedrals and high churches I have visited over the years. Although I did not get to speak with the ladies who were attending to the cathedral others did and gained a lot more information than me unfortunately. I did Find it very interesting with all the artifacts.

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