Church of the Exaltation of the Cross in Sosnovka

Sosnovka settlement was founded in 1640, a few years after the construction of Tambov fortress, by people from Skopin, Shatsk, Ryazan and other uyezds. At the end of the 18th century emperor Paul I granted a large piece of the village land to infantry General Christoph Benckendorff and a smaller piece – to gentleman of the bedchamber, prince Ivan Golitsyn.

In 1836, the owner of a part of Sosnovka, Ivan Golitsyn, built a brick church in the style of classicism in the name of the Exaltation of the Cross. The church had five domes, porticos over the entrances from all three sides and two altars. Four-level bell tower was erected over the western narthex.   

The church buiding that partially reminds of a European cathedral is distinguised by the spacious and light interior thanks to the bell tower narrowed at the top and the tholabates of the smaller domes. It is basically the only major historic building in Sosnovka. In Soviet years the church was closed and used as a cinema.

Years after, in 1991, the church of the Exaltation of the Cross resumed the services. Today the church has modern interior because some old ornamentation and the walls were partially damaged during the fire in 2003.

 The flower garden is located right in front of the central facade and looks like a paradise garden.

2, Vokzalnaya Str., Sosnovka settlement, Sosnovka district, Tambov region
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