St. Nicholas Church
History of St. Nicholas Church. At the beginning of the 20th century, about 40,000 Catholics were in Kyiv. And the existing Roman Catholic church – St. Alexander’s in the old city – only had a maximum capacity of 1,000. Obviously, a bigger church was needed. Leonard Yankovsky headed the committee for the construction. The designer was Stanislav Volovsky, who was still studying at St. Petersburg Institute of civil engineers. The experienced architect Vladislav Gorodetsky was commissioned to oversee his draft design. Gorodetsky also in overall charge of the construction. The finished church was very impressive and came to be regarded a true architectural masterpiece.
It dominated this then undeveloped part of Kyiv visible from every direction. The church was consecrated in December 6, 1909. In the early 1930s, the Church was closed for public liturgies. Since 1980 it has been functioning as a concert hall for organ music. Currently, mass is held on Sundays and on public holidays.
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