Church of the Apostles Peter and Paul in Basmannaya Sloboda

The Church of the Apostles Peter and Paul in Basmannaya Sloboda is an Orthodox church belonging to the Epiphany Deanery of the Moscow City Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church.

One of the few examples of Peter the Great Baroque in Moscow, inspired by Western European forms and having little in common with the ancient Russian architectural tradition.

The first mention of the temple as the Church of Peter and Paul dates back to 1695, it is indicated as a newly built, wooden one, the construction of which began in 1692. The construction of a stone temple on the site of a wooden one began in 1705. The construction of the temple was led by the architect Ivan Zarudny and was carried out according to the personal decree of Peter I and the drawings personally drawn up by him.

The temple of the “octagon on the quadrangle” type stands on a high basement with the church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker. It is surrounded by open galleries, and from the east and west two equal volumes adjoin – the apse and the vestibule, respectively. The decoration of the facades originally consisted of profiled white stone cornices and pilasters. The current neo-baroque decor appeared during the renovation of the temple 150 years ago.

Address: Novaya Basmannaya street, 11. Metro: Krasnye Vorota.

Attractions around: Red gate Stalin skyscraperMyasnitskaya Street, Academician Sakharov AvenueGarden Ring, Bauman Garden, Kalanchevskaya Street, Lermontovskaya Square, Stakheev mansion, Hilton-Leningradskaya.

See also architecture of Moscowchurches and cathedrals of Moscow

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