Church of the Resurrection (1690s), Southwest View, Kargopol', Russia


This southwest winter view of the Church of the Resurrection of the Savior in Kargopol' (Arkhangel'sk Oblast') was taken in 1998 by Dr. William Brumfield, American photographer and historian of Russian architecture, as part of the "Meeting of Frontiers" project at the Library of Congress. Kargopol' is one of the oldest settlements in the Russian north, founded perhaps in the 12th, or even the 11th, century. Its location near Lake Lacha and the source of the Onega River (which flows into the White Sea) enabled Kargopol' to benefit from trade in salt and other products of the northern forests. The resulting wealth led to the construction of impressive churches, a number of which have survived. At the town's eastern edge, near an old earthen fortress (Valushki), stands the large limestone Church of the Resurrection, built at the end of the 17th century in a style reminiscent of cathedrals in the central part of Russia two centuries earlier. The main façades display arched portals and tall windows with ornamental carved surrounds. The walls culminate in round gables (zakomary), above which rise five picturesque onion domes. Little remains of the richly decorated interior, which was ransacked during the Soviet period. This remarkable monument of northern church architecture gradually is being restored.

Last updated: January 11, 2016