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Samara: the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
April 24, 2018 12:06


 The presence of a Catholic church in Samara can puzzle only a person who does not know the history of the country. The Volga region is one of the historical centres of Russian Catholicism.

The adherents of the “Roman law” appeared here back in XVII century - the Poles who served in Russian army settled in these places. The only catholic church of Samara currently standing on Frunze Street can be considered one of the masterpieces of Russian Gothic Revival, not only in the Volga region.

The buildings of the old Samara are eclectic and bizarre, but the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (or simply the Polish church) neighboring the equally huge Orthodox church with a golden dome stands out even against this background. Steeple roofed towers look both brittle and austere, the white twisted column above the portal emphasizes the upward direction on the style, the complicated decorations of the walls cannot by any means be called frivolous. Everything is subordinated to the main goal: to create a sensation of vertical movement from the earth to the sky.

The material of the building - dark brick - enhances the impression of seriousness. The interior of the Polish church looks quite traditional, restrained and well-tended.

The church is almost always open, the church ministers are usually friendly, do not ask anyone to go away, do not prevent people from taking photos, although, of course, you should first politely ask for a permission to do this.

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Author: Anna Dorozhkina

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