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Moscow Chirch of Christ the Savoir

The enviable accuracy of this unic document's author makes possible to trace the face of 250 big and small vases, tens of floorlamps and monolith columns decorating the Peterburg and its district palaces in XIX century. But this book contains one significant record concerning 1856. The Emperlor Cabinet's order precedes this record. The order was addressed the Kolyvan factory's manager and was as follows: "It is necessary to make 18 columns out of the Revnevskaya jasper for the Moscow Chirch of Christ the Savoir". In 1856 the first, out of 18 ordered, column started its way to Moscow. And then 2 even 3 columns yearly were sent to the building Moscow chirch which was building according to Alexander I's vow in commemoration of the historical victory over Napoleon. 1862 deals with the last record concerning the columns: there ware made totally 12 columns. Twelve columnsthat was the decision of the count Zakrevsky, the chief of the building committee, the Moscow general-governor. The Chirch of Christ the Savoir is known to be built from 1839 to 1883. The fate of this unic building is very tragic: it was vandalic destroyed by the communistsatheists in December of 1931 and all works of art being in the Chirch were thrown about the world. It seems nothing was spared, even the Kolyvan 4 metres high columns. but it appears that there exists the angel-keeper, the angel-keeper of the Altai stone-cutting subjects, because they are often found in the different museum collections abroad, for example in Paris. And the columns from the Chirch of the Savoir were found in Moscow. The fate threw them on the 9 floor of many-storyed building of the Moscow State University and everyone can see them in the rector's receiption room. It's very pity that the fate of similar columns presented by the Russian tsar to the Ortodox Chirch in Warsaw remains unknown because this chirch was deatroyed during the Poland occupation by the German troops. Many subjects out of stone are exibited in the museums of Russia or are kept in the museums of Turkey, Japan, Sweden and France but there exist a lot of little known Kolyvan subjects which are fatefully distributed all over the country.

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