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Russian Church

A Little Jewel Box

Russian Church in Florence

Just east of the Fortezza da Basso, an unexpected sight rises above the sleepy residential neighbourhood – the five graceful and lofty colour-tiled onion domes of the Russian Church, made even more exotic by the palm tree tickling its side.

In the 19th century, Florence was a popular winter retreat for Russians who could afford it, among them Dostoievsky and Maxim Gorky. Completed by Russian architects in 1904, it is a pretty jewel box of brick and majolica decoration and has recently been restored by the Soprintendenza dei Beni Ambientali.

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Corner of Via Leone X and Viale Milton

Hours Visits by appointment, through Anna Worontzoff-Weliaminoff +39 055 247 7986 or e-mail Russian Orthodox services on Saturdays at 6pm and Sundays at 10am.

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Text © Dana Facaros & Michael Pauls

Image by Vignaccia76, Creative Commons License