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Ascension church, 1532

The earliest existing structure in Kolomenskoye, a former royal estate, is the exceptional Ascension church (1532), built in white stone to commemorate the long-awaited birth of an heir to the throne, the future Ivan the Terrible.

Being the first stone church of tent-like variety, the uncanonical "White Column" (as it is sometimes referred to) marked a stunning break from the Byzantine tradition. The narrow pilasters on the sides of the chetverik, the arrow-shaped window frames, the three tiers of the kokoshniks and the quiet rhythm of stair arcades and open galleries underline the dynamic tendency of this masterpiece of the Russian architecture. It was built by an invited Italian architect, Pietro Annibale.

Moscow, 2002

Коломенское. Церковь Вознесения Господня, 1532. Возведена предположительно итальянским архитектором Петром Францизском Анибале, по русским летописям Петром Фрязином или Петром Малым.

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Taken on July 24, 2002