Pogost (Churches and Cemetery) (18th-19th Centuries), Northwest View, Liadney, Russia


This northwest view of two wooden churches and a bell tower at the village of Liadiny (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. Located some 30 kilometers from Kargopol', the Liadiny area has been inhabited from time immemorial, and the village itself was the location of an ancient pogost, the sacred territory of an enclosed cemetery. The ensemble contains two churches: the Church of the Epiphany (on the left), built in the late 18th century; and the Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, completed in the mid-18th century (in the center). The churches are built of logs, with plank siding probably added in the 19th century. Both structures are remarkable, but the Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God is the more dramatic, with its soaring "tent" tower. The interior of the Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God consists of a lower story for winter services (its altar is dedicated to Saint Vlasii) and a spacious upper story with the main alter. This upper space contains a partially preserved iconostasis and a superb painted panel ceiling. The Liadiny ensemble was completed at the end of the 18th century with the construction of an octagonal bell tower. Both churches are undergoing a partial restoration.

Last updated: January 11, 2016