On Vasilievsky Island: Around Universitetskaya Naberezhnaya

Dormition Church of the Optina Hermitage Podvorye

Dormition Church of the Optina Hermitage Podvorye (October 2014)

One of the most beautiful churches on the Vasilievsky Island is the Dormition Church which is part of the podvorye (embassy church) of the Svyato-Vvedenskaya Optina Hermitage in Kozelsk. The five-dome church was built in the Russian Revival architectural style between 1895 and 1897 according to a plan by architect Vasili Kosyakov. Before being attached to the Optina Hermitage, the podvorye served the Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra in Kiev and before than the Troitse-Sergieva Lavra in Sergiev Posad. The church was closed between 1935 and 1991 and during this time it was used as an indoor ice-rink.

Location 27 Naberezhnaya Leytenanta Shmidta
Metro Vasileostrovskaya
Website http://spb.optina.ru/