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Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker


Address: Sviato-Nikolskaya str., 124 (formerly Dzerzhinskaya str.)
Date of construction: 1833


This is a monument of architecture of national importance – St. Nicholas Church, it is also known as the Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker (don’t confuse it with the chapel of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, located on the embankment).

The beginning of the creation of the Old Believer community of Ishmael dates back to 1811, when the first supporters of the old faith moved here. Their number increased and the Old Believers sent the petition for the construction of a stone church.

Nicholas I allowed to build it July 22, 1831 and after 2 years the construction finished and the church consecrated in honor of St. Nicholas.

In 1857, with the establishment in Izmail of the Old Believer diocese the latter department was located in this temple.

In 1897-1899, the building was under repair and reconstruction, as a result of which it was expanded. In 1904 the iconostasis was updated.

It was the cathedral of the Izmail diocese until the abolition of the latter in 1947.

Unlike many Izmail churches this temple did not close even during the harsh years of the war and during the Soviet era, it continues to operate now.

The courtyard of the church has preserved the original brick coating.

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