Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Transfiguration Cathedral, continued

The Church of St. Dmitry (or Demetrius) on the Blood was built in 1692 after the canonization in the Orthodox Russian Church of Tsarevich Dmitry, beautifully embellished, especially for a brick structure. In the 16th Century, the seventh wife of Ivan the Terrible was banished here to live within the kremlin walls (remember the convent at Goritsy? Sense a theme here?). Later, Ivan's youngest son was found dead in the palace gardens here on May 15, 1591. Many believe he was killed by assassins sent by Boris Godunov. When he and his coterie wer cleared of the murder, the people of Uglich were punished for having demanded retribution for Dimitry's death, and the bell in the Tranfiguration Cathedral, which was rung to alert the town to the murder, was also lashed, deprived of its tongue and exiled to Siberia! It's home now, tho...

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