The Church of Ascension
Founded in 1792, the Church of Ascension currently stands as the oldest church in Ekaterinburg, having been one of the few to escape Soviet destruction. The church overlooks Ekaterinburg from Vozensenskaya (Ascension) Hill and serves as the home church of the local bishopric.
Visitors to Ekaterinburg should be sure to include a visit to the Church of Ascension on their sightseeing itinerary. Guests can visit the church easily from a comfortable and stylish room at Park Inn, Ekaterinburg. Here, guests can unwind after a day of in-depth historical learning and sightseeing.
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Construction and history of the Church of Ascension
Dedicated to the Nativity of the Virgin and the Ascension of Christ, the Church of Ascension is an astounding two-storey structure built over the course of a century in the baroque style. The church's light-blue walls and shining golden domes make it recognisable from quite some distance. This church sits on the southern side of Rastorguev-Kharitonov Park and faces onto its lush green landscape.
The structure’s distinctive features may have saved the Church of Ascension from Soviet demolition, as dozens of churches in Ekaterinburg met their end during the Bolshevik revolution. Instead of destroying the Church of Ascension, the Soviets simply converted it into a school.
During World War II, the church housed the Hermitage's evacuated collection of masterpieces, which stayed in Ekaterinburg till 1944. Later, The Church of Ascension became the History Department of the Museum of Local Lore.
Visit the Church from Park Inn, Ekaterinburg
Park Inn by Radisson, Ekaterinburg places guests of this historical city just a short, scenic journey from the oldest, most celebrated church in Ekaterinburg. Further on from the hotel atop Voznesenskaya Hill, guests can also find other important historical structures, such as Rastorguyev-Kharitonov's House
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