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Nicholas Naberezny Church in Kiev

In Podol, Kiev, not far from the quay, there is a Nicholas Naberezhny church, which has been known since the 11th century. The surname “Naberezhny” derived from the location of church, as it has been standing on the bank of the right tributary of the Dnieper river Pochayna, which has been largely used as a harbor for merchant ships.

Nicholas Naberezny Church in Kiev

As well as most antique buildings, it used to be a small wooden church. We don’t know for sure what it looked like for several centuries, as the next time it was mentioned in the chronicles was in 1677, when it burned down and a new wooden church was constructed out of the money donated by a Kiev vogt Zhdan Tadryna. Soon this church also decayed. Shortly after that a stone church was designed and constructed by a famous Kiev architect I. Grigorovich-Barsky. However, the wooden church kept operating, until it was finally ruined by a fire in 1799.

Nicholas Naberezny Church in Kiev

This is what the history of the Nicholas Naberezhny church looked like with its ups and downs. Next time it was damaged was in 1812, when a large fire that went on for 3 days almost destroyed the whole Podol district. After it revived a bit, it was once again damaged during the World War II. It is notable that during the war the church still conducted services, while Soviet authorities were doing whatever they could to stop religion from spreading throughout the country. After the war the church was shut down and was used as a performance hall and a film storage.

Finally, in 1992 the Nicholas Naberezhny church was opened, and worship and liturgy have been conducted in front of the most valuable treasure – the miraculous icon of St. Nicholas, which was painted in the XVIII century.

Address: Skovorody street, 12.


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