Church of the Intercession at Fili

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Church of the Intercession at Fili information

Moscow , Russia
Street Novozavodskaya ul 6
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metro Fili
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North of Kutuzovsky pr is Fili, a neighbourhood that was once the estate of Lev Naryshkin (brother-in-law to Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich and uncle to Peter the Great). The story goes that Naryshkin’s brothers were killed in the Moscow uprising of 1682. In their honour, he constructed the Church of the Intercession at Fili in the 1690s. All church records were destroyed in a fire, so the name of the architect and exact date of construction are not known.

Fili is most famous for the events that unfolded here after the Battle of Borodino. While the Russian Army was camped nearby, a meeting took place in Fili. Here, General Kutuzov insisted that the army abandon Moscow without fighting, allowing the city to burn to the ground.