"VOSKRESENSKYIE (RESURRECTION) GATES" Red Square - Resurrection Gate Tip by tanianska

Red Square - Resurrection Gate, Moscow: 14 reviews and 20 photos

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The Iverskaya Chapel of the Icon at the Resurrection Gates was the most honoured of Moscow's holy places. It is said that at the time of the iconoclasts in Byzantium this icon was stabbed in the cheek by one of the iconoclasts, and blood started to flow from the wound. This wound remained on the Virgin's face, and so the Mother of God of Iver is always depicted with this small injury to her face. To this day the icon is revered for its miracle-working.
The Iverskaya icon is glorified for many miracles. It saved the monastery from its enemies, sick people became well in its presence, and when the monks prayed before it in times of famine, their granaries became full of flour.
The Iverskaya Chapel acquired its present from from in the 18th century when it was rebuilt by Matvei Kazakov. Later the gilded figure of an angel with a cross was added on the chapel's dome.
After the revolution the Iverskaya Chapel suffered many outrages, in common with all Russian churches. On Christmas Eve in 1923 a blasphemous event took place in Moscow under the name of Komsomol Christmas. Its main action took place on the square in front of the Iverskaya Chapel. Its purpose was to educate young people in the proper world view and the corresponding morals. A huge crown gathered for something like a Komsomol Christmas tide. They were in fancy dress, mimicking the style of Orthodox priests and monks in the most disgraceful manner. These god-baiters insulted other religions as well, for some were dressed up as rabbis, Protestant pastors, the Pope, and the Chinese Bonze...
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<i>Photo by Andrey Sebrant</i>

Address: Red Square

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  • Updated Feb 20, 2003
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