Yegoshikha Cemetery, Church of the Dormition (1905), Southwest View, Perm', Russia


This southwest view of the entrance gate and the Church of the Dormition at the Egoshikha Cemetery in Perm' was taken in 1999 by Dr. William Brumfield, American photographer and historian of Russian architecture, as part of the "Meeting of Frontiers" project at the Library of Congress. Established in the 1720s as a factory settlement on the middle reaches of the Kama River, Perm’ (so named in 1781) is one of Russia's largest cities. The first settlement was located on the small Egoshikha River, near its confluence with the Kama. When the center of Perm' shifted to the southwest (closer to the Kama), the Egoshikha area became the location for the town's main cemetery. The cemetery’s church, dedicated to All Saints, was built of wood in 1784 by the architect Leonhard Paulsen and rebuilt on two occasions in the 19th century. By the early 20th century, the expanding cemetery required a new masonry church, which was dedicated to the Dormition and built next to the old church by Aleksandr I. Ozhegov in 1905. The whitewashed exterior, with a bell tower on the west, displays cupolas, decorative gables, and arches in imitation of 17th-century Muscovite architecture. The use of brick façades to rich ornamental effect resembles Ozhegov's designs for the Church of the Ascension and the main mosque in Perm’.

Last updated: January 11, 2016