Church of Great Martyr St. George the Victorious, 1685

The wooden church of great martyr St. George the Victorious from the village of Semenovskoye. Archangelsky region, is one of the churches of layered structure typical of the 17th and 18th centuries.

It is not rarely that churches were consecrated in the name of great martyr St. George the Victorious. Soldiers and farmers that made the majority of population in that region have for centuries considered St. George their patron saint. The surviving documents state that at the turn of the 19th century the parish included around 26 villages with the total population of about 900 residents. There were two parochial schools at the parish. The church was re-built and renovated not once. As the result of the reconstruction carried out at the end of the XIX c. the exterior of the church changed.
By the beginning of the XX century, the Church of St. John the Victorious acquired the lookout that was preserved over the century. The political changes in the country influenced the destiny of the church. At the turn of the 1920s, it was modified into a club and later into a warehouse. Neither the iconostases, nor any of the other interior décor elements have been preserved. Form the 1960s to 1990s, the region gradually fell to desolation and the church became decrepit.
In 2003, at the initiative of Ivan Glazunov, artist and member of the Russian Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, the surviving St. George church was examined by an expert group of the Moscow State Integrated Museum-Reserve. A detailed plan of the church’s careful examination was than worked out, with its consequent dismantling and transportation to Kolomenskoye for scientific restoration and re-erection on a new place. In 2007, the field study was carried out and the church restoration project was worked out. In 2008, the church was dismantled and transported to Kolomenskoye. Restoration began in 2009, and in 2010, the church was re-erected on a new place, in the Zhuzha River lowland.
In June 2011, a photo exhibition was opened on the ground floor of the church. The exhibition focuses on the history of this outstanding example of Russian wooden architecture. At the main premises of the church you can see surviving late XIX century painting that decorated the inner vaults of the church.

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