Church of the Intercession at Fili

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This church of rare beauty, a prime example of Moscow (or Naryshkin's) Baroque, was built by an anonymous architect near Fili Park at the end of the 17th century. Lev Naryshkin, Peter I's uncle, paid for the construction. Peter I visited this church many times, according to historians. The iconostasis was created by Armoury artist Karp Zolotarev, the icon painter who had painted the lower tiers of the famous altar at the Donskoy Monastery. This church was badly damaged during Napoleon's brief occupation of Moscow. French soldiers had turned it into a stable and a mending workshop. It was restored in the 1980s. While it is okay to walk in to see the interior art any time, this is an active church, so it is a good idea to double-check the church's hours on its website before you go, as the hours may change.