Nativity church at Putinki founded in 1649, Moscow, Russia.

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Church of the Nativity of the Virgin in Putinki


When this church was completed in 1652, Patriarch Nikon responded by banning tent roofs like those featured here. Apparently, he considered such architecture too Russian, too secular and too far removed from the Church’s Byzantine roots. Fortunately, the Church of the Nativity has survived to grace this corner near Pushkinskaya pl.

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