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Church of St. Elijah the Prophet is a masterpiece of Old Russian architecture and one of the most recognizable symbols of the city. The church was built in 1647-1650 by the rich brother merchants Vonifaty and Ioanniky Skripins. The church is built according to the Yaroslavl tradition – a massive building on four internal piers, topped with five large domes. The central summer church is surrounded by additional buildings: side aisles from south and north, a bell-tower, a tent-shaped chapel of Deposition of the Holy Robe (built specially for the great relic, Part of the Holy Robe, which was presented to brothers Skripins by the Tsar Aleksey Mikhaylovich and Patriarch Joseph in 1650), a gallery and two porches. The uniqueness of the Church of St. Elijah the Prophet is the excellent preservation of the interior paintings, which are rightfully regarded to be masterpieces of Ancient Russian art. These are wall paintings of the 17th century made during 3 summer months of the year 1680 by a team of 15 painters led by famous masters of that time Gury Nikitin and Sila Savin. Inside the carved gold-plated iconostasis painted in 1696 catches the eye. The icons placed there are the unexceptionable masterpieces of Ancient Russian art; in particular icons of the lower level, most of which are believed to be painted by the outstanding icon-painter of the 17th century Fedor Zubov (holy image of St. Elijah the Prophet, Annunciation, Ascension, etc.).
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