Church of the Deposition of the Robe of the Holy Virgin of the Moscow Kremlin


Brumfield explains that Pskov builders erected this church for Metropolitan Geronti; its name refers to its dedication to the holiday commemorating the taking of the Virgin's robe from Palestine to Constantinople in the fifth century. It style is characteristic of these builders. The ornamental brick work is found in other churches by them. Here the central bay is both taller and wider than the side bays with a built-in niche for icons.

Decorative brick frieze

The apses have at the top a brick frieze with a kind of baluster design and the walls are divided by slender engaged columns which are roofed by ogee-shaped gables.

Works Consulted or Quoted:
William Craft Brumfield. A History of Russian Architecture. Seattle: University of Washington P, 2004.
George Heard Hamilton. The Art and Architecture of Russia. New Haven: Yale UP, 1983.

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