Founded in 1001, the principal church in Smolensk. It sits on top of cathedral hill.
Completely rebuit in 1674 because the old bricks were failing.
The cathedral was damaged during the WWII and the 11th-century miraculous icon of Theotokos of Smolensk was lost.
V. Vysotsky The common graves
They don't put up crosses on communal graves,
And widows don't come to shed tears;
But flowers are laid and eternal flames
Will never be quenched, it appears.
The earth that was shaking and heaving of late
With granite and marble is plated.
There isn't a single separate fate,
All fates are in one integrated.
We see in the flame our burning tank,
A house on fire and smoulder,
The burning Smolensk and the burning Reichstag,
The burning heart of a soldier.
The tearful widows don't visit the place,
To give and receive the blessing.
They don't put up crosses on communal graves
But does it make less distressing?
Translation of Alec Vagapov
You must pay a visit to this great church on a hill overlooking Smolensk.It is in need of some urgent repairs and restoration, but this old postcard does make it look beautiful. Inside is full of statues, gold, icons, and many people praying.PLEASE ENLARGE THIS FOR A BETTER VIEW.
Old Russian structure nearby at Talashkino.
By architect Sergey Maliutin in 1901.
Beautiful old-style wood architecture.
Don't know much more about it, hope to find out more soon.
Smolensk kremlin walls are the longest walls I ever saw in Russian towns. You can walk along wall galleries for about 4-5 km.
Made of red bricks they are even more red in rays of sunset.
If you go to Smolensk you'll probably end up visiting this cathedral - apart from that and the war memorial there's not a lot else to see there!!!