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The Church of the Intercession on the Nerl river

Усенко Анастасия, 11 класс
МАОУ Лингвистическая гимназия № 23, г. Владимир
Учитель- Семёнова Т. В.

If you ask me what place is associated with my Motherland, I’ll surely answer the Church of the Intercession on the Nerl which was built in the 12th century. It is one of the most poetic structures of ancient Russia situated in the flooded meadows at the confluence of the Nerl and the Klyazma rivers, not far from the city of Vladimir. When you go there and see the ancient white stone church which lonely stands on a high green hill, which becomes a small island in spring during flood time, you will think it is created by nature. This place seems to be too beautiful and holy to be a work of a man. Of course, you understand that the church can’t be the nature’s masterpiece, although it merges with the landscape. Surprisingly, the hill on which the church stands is also an artificial one. It was made to protect the church from high water in spring. So in this season the church is even more beautiful. It looks like a white swan, swimming in a big pool of water. This church is the masterpiece of white stone traditions of Andrei Bogolyubsky reign. Originally it was surrounded with the galleries and the hill was covered with white stone.
Very often the church is compared to a fair maiden. The reliefs- female masks, the frieze and the figure of King David in the center- form the idea of the Intercession of the Virgin.
The Church of the Intercession on the Nerl had hard times in the past. It was partly destroyed by Tatar Mongols; then people wanted to destroy the church to use its stone for Bogolyubovo monastery’s gate; it had barbarous unprofessional repairs in the 19th century, many frescoes and reliefs had suffered. But it still stands, and we can’t help admiring its beauty. When you are in this place you feel harmony and peace.

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