Church of the Dormition of the Theotokos in Pechatniki

Nikolai Galkin / TASS
A small church on the corner with Ulitsa Sretenka (Sretenka Street) is one of Moscow's oldest, originally mentioned in the Forty Forties list of Moscow churches in the early 17th century. During Napoleon's invasion, the church was fully burned out on the inside, and it was not until 1901-1902 that it was covered with new frescos by the best painters of that time. It is quite possible that it was those frescos that helped the church to survive the Soviet times, when it housed the USSR Navy exhibition. Today the church belongs to the Sretensky Monastery commune, and is once again opened for services. Two remarkable legends are told about this temple. According to one, witnessing a church wedding between an old and infirm man and a young girl inspired painter Vasili Pukirev to produce his famous work The Unequal Marriage. According to the other, the church's treasury contains one of the thirty pieces of silver that Judas received for betraying Jesus.