ASCENSION CATHEDRAL OF THE 14TH-15TH CC.

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The private grand-princely church of the Ascension was first mentioned in the chronicles of 1398, but there is no information about either material or date of construction, only the fact of its existence. One of the chronicles mentions the names of the constructors, viz Theophanes the Greek, Andrey Rublev, and Prokhor from Gorodets.  

The new stone church was built in 1416 during the Reign of Tsar Vassily I. its demolition began in 1482, according to Tsar Ivan III’s idea of the Kremlin’s reconstruction. Full-scale studies of the present-day Annunciation Cathedral allow us to state that the new cathedral was built on the basement (so-called podklet) of the ancient church after its reconstruction.

Ascension Cathedral`s basement (podklet) after the restoration of 2006-2010Central pillar in the Ascension Cathedral`s basement (podklet) after the restoration of 2006-2010Details of vaulted architectural constructions in the Ascension Cathedral`s basement (podklet) after the restoration of 2006-2010