Cathedral of the Archangel Michael

The Cathedral of the Archangel Michael is located on Cathedral Square in Kremlin. It is dedicated to the holy patron of Russian soldiers and Princes. It building was completed in 1508. Earlier at the same place stood a white stoned church dedicated to Archistratege Michael and erected in 1333. Between the 16th and 17th century the Cathedral of the Archangel Michael was burial place for Princes and Tsars of Russia. It also contains a few relics, including those of Michael I of Kiev who died during the Golden Horde in 1254 as well as those of Tsarevich Dmitry, son of Ivan the Terrible. There are only a few fragments left of the original paintings dating back to the time of Ivan the Terrible. In the middle of the 17th century, it was repainted by ninety-two Great Russian masters. The main theme is the glorification of Grand Princes and Russian Tsars. The Cathedral benefits from a wooden 13 meters high iconostasis from 1679-1680. The oldest icon depicts Archistratege Michael (date: 14th-15th century).
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