State Historical and Cultural Reserve «The Field of the Great Poltava Battle»
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1709 2009

Sampsonyyvska church

Soon after the Battle, in honor of the victory, Peter I decreed about creation of Petropavlovsky monastery and Sampsonyyvska chirch at the Field territory (as the Battle was on 27 June — the day of St. Samson). In spite of Peter I orders of urgency and his money, the building moved rather slowly. In 1840, the governor-general earl Stroganov, after a competition, choose one of the church architecture projects; it had been created by J. I. Charlemagne (1782-1861). The church foundation was laid on 27 June, 1852. The building was headed by architect Khoruzhenko; it was ended in 1856. The church was blessed on 15 July, 1856. It was built as an old-Slavic Byzantine temple. At the end of XIX, the special commission was create — its main decision was to enlarge Sampsonyyvska church. The project of the church reconstruction was created by architect N. Nikonov in 1890. All reconstructive works were finished by September 1895; on 1st October 1895 the church was blessed again. During the Battle bicentenary celebration preparations, new changes of the church were made. According to the project of S. Nosov — the diocesan architect from Poltava — the front part with belfry was built on. After the latest reconstruction, the church exterior and interior were significantly changed. Walls, arch ceiling and inner surface of the church central dome were covered with high artistic ornamental and plot paintings in V. Vasnetsov style. Wooden iconostasis was replaced by single-stage marble one. Character of the iconostasis and paintings allow classifying the church as the unique example of temple monumental art.

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