Friday, March 15, 2013

Church of the Intercession of Our Lady of Oreanda

Built in 1885 after plans by Alexey Andreyevich Avdeyev, this Georgian-Byzantine church was at one time attended by Anton Chekov.

The original Salviati mosaics were commissioned by H.I.H. The Grand Duke Constantin Romanov and covered 4,000 square feet. They were based on cartoons by Prof. Wassilieff, but unfortunately many of them - including an image of the Protection of the Virgin and nine icons - have not survived.

A very unique mosaic depiction of a teenage Christ can still be found in the dome, surrounded by eight angels, eight Apostles and four Evangelists.

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Barr, Sheldon. Venetian Glass Mosaics: 1860-1917. London: Antique Collectors' Club, 2008. 132.

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