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St. Nikolas Roman-Catholic church

St. Nikolas Roman-Catholic church

St. Nicholas Cathedral is one of the most beautiful buildings of Kiev from the 19th and early 20th century deigned in formalized gothic style with high arrow-shaped spires.

The solemn laying of the foundation stone of St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Cathedral took place in august of 1899, after local Catholics turned to Kiev's Governor-General with a petition to get permission for the construction of a cathedral “in commemoration Tsar Nikolay II having stayed in Kiev”. By that time in Kiev there already was one Roman Catholic cathedral – Alexander’s Cathedral - but taking into account that there were around 40 thousand Catholics in Kiev, it was obviously not enough.

The cathedral was built over a period of 10 years by private donations. In total, around 500 thousands rubles were spent.

A competition was held for the Cathedral project and the winner was a student named Stanislav Volovskiy. Inasmuch as this young engineer lacked practical experience, the revision and building supervision was entrusted to a famous Kiev architect - Vladislav Gorodetskiy. The construction work dragged on because of poor ground condition, that’s why, for the first time in Kiev, the soil was strengthen by mighty cast-in-

During the Soviet era when religion was considered detrimental and unfavorable, the Cathedral was closed for public worship, and at the beginning of World War II a State regional archive was put there.

Only in 1980 in the year of the Olympic Games was the cathedral was restored and opened as an organ and chamber music hall. The organ was constructed specially for this hall. When creating the organ, the masters tried as much as possible to arrange its appearance to match the architectural style of the cathedral, and thus were joined a unique architecture and a unique instrument. The Organ has 55 spots, 3,945 organ-pipes of various diameter (from 13 mm to 6 meters) made from metal and precious woods (black and red).

Address: Bolshaya Vasilkovskaya str. (Krasnoarmeyskaya), 77

Sourse: http://organhall.kiev.ua/


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