Christian churches on the ruined temples of

Christian churches on the ruined temples of

"The student Theodosius Pechersky Isaiah Wonderworker, spreading Christianity in the Rostov and Suzdal, ravaged and burned and" idols and temples ", Metropolitan Hilarion, praising acquiring Christian coloring Kiev, observed that instead of temples now dominate the church, and instead of icons adorn the idols' ( from online blogs).

"Start of darkness idols from us … It is not othoditi sotoninskie temple citizens, but Christ Church was built upon … destroying temples and churches are available, the idols and icons of saints lament are" (Metropolitan Hilarion "Sermon on Law and Grace" 1043g)

"Having a temple idols — it is not just the construction of a building, it's not just a house of debauchery, is a place of spiritual depravity"

(Open letter from Ukrainian Interchurch Council, 2005)

"(1) These are the statutes and judgments which you carefully in the land that I gave to the L-rd, the Gd of your fathers you to own it all the days that ye live upon the earth. (2) Completely destroy all the places, wherein the nations which ye cast, served their gods, on the high mountains and on the hills, and under every green tree. (3) And destroy their altars, and break their pillars, and burn their asheyrim fire, and destroy the names of them to that place. " (Torah, Deuteronomy, Chapter 12)

"1 These are the statutes and judgments which you have to do in the land which the Lord, the God of thy fathers giveth thee to possess it, all the days that ye live upon the earth.

2 destroy all the places, wherein the nations which ye shall possess served their gods, upon the high mountains and on the hills, and under every green tree;
3 and destroy their altars, and break their pillars, and burn their groves with fire, and break down the graven images of their gods, and destroy the names of them out of that place. " (The Bible, Deuteronomy, Chapter 12)

(The following selection is made on the basis of a search engine of simple phrases)

1. Russia. Orel., The village of Spas-Chekryak.

The name "Christ-Chekryak" connects Tatar name meaning "impassable tract" and the initiation of rural church of the Transfiguration. According to legend, there stood a pagan temple, and the first Christian church built in its place, went underground. The earliest mention of the village is found in 1647, when Russia broke just ruin the Troubles. By then it was here Transfiguration Church

2. Russia. Krasnoyarsk. Chapel of St. Paraskeva — One of the symbols of the city of Krasnoyarsk. Located on the top of Mount Guard, the site of an ancient pagan temple Tatar kachintsev. Local tribes called Mount Kum tegey — Black hill. Place, on which stands the chapel, is one of the best view points of Krasnoyarsk. From a platform on top of the mountain panorama Guard most of the city.

3 Russia. Rostov the Great.
Avraamiev Epiphany Monastery — one of the oldest monasteries in the north-east Russia. According to legend, it was founded more than eight centuries ago on the temple idol of Veles and intended to combat idolatry. Since time immemorial, the monastery kept rod, this disciple John Abram, who crushed the rod idol of Veles. Ivan the Terrible, going to the next campaign on the Khanate of Kazan, Rostov stopped by to take with this rod, counting on his miraculous powers. In autumn 1552, after a long siege and heavy fighting capital of the Khanate — Kazan — fell.

4 Russia. Novgorod.
About 990 stood on the site of a pagan temple wooden Saint Sophia Cathedral on 13-top (sketch reconstruction). In 1045, Grand Prince Yaroslav the Wise and Princess Irina (Ingegerd) went to Novgorod from Kiev to his son Vladimir tab named Sophia Cathedral. Cathedral was built about 1,050 years instead of the burned before 13 Chapter 989 of the wooden church, the ancient temples of the Alan Sofia only the tenth century. Preserved in the village. Lower Arkhyz Karachay-Cherkessia

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5 Turkey. Istanbul (formerly Constantinople, Byzantine).

Photos and commentary tourist: "Code inside the Temple of Sophia in Constantinople. If you look, visible swastika and the cross, later deposited over it. This confirms the information that the building was originally built the high places, and not a Christian temple supposedly built Byzantium, as the official version. "

6. Norway. Oslo.
Comments tourist: "Design features of the church is that it is constructed of upright logs. First it was the pagan shrines, but with the adoption of Christianity in their pereosvyatili Christian churches. Now these churches throughout Norway 32, I think … The same miracle under Bergen — called Fantoft stavkirke »

7. Russia. Suzdal. Vladimir region.

If you stay on the big city across the river and see the stove along the course, then we will open an exceptional view of the beautiful church with a good Kozmodamianskuyu vkompanovannoy in its array of small tented belfry … Hill, which is the Church, from ancient times was called Yarunovoy. According to ancient legends, the name of the hill was standing on her temples of the pagan god Yarun or Yarily. In the XII century it was founded by a Christian monastery in honor of Cosmas and Damian.

8. France. Paris.
The characteristic features of the early Gothic embodied in the main cathedral of the capital of France — Notre Dame (Notre Dame) Although his features even guessed Romanesque, precede it. Like many ancient Christian churches he built on the site of a pagan sanctuary, there arose in 432 year. The remnants of his foundation found under the gallery. Where now surging tower of the cathedral of Our Lady, once worshiped Jupiter. But the era of Christianity and pagan temple has transformed into a temple of new faith. This happened at the beginning of the millennium, soon after baptism francs St. Dionysius. But only in the middle of the XII century by the will of the bishop of Paris, was built the famous Cathedral.

9. Armenia.
Tatev Monastery was built in the IX century on the site of an ancient pagan temple, that in those days it was common. St. Gregory (9th century) is adjacent to the main church in the south. According to the chronicle, the church was built in 1295 in place of an earlier building, built in 836-848 years. Gate Church of the Blessed Virgin (XI century). Has a vertically oriented proportions, which is rare for the Armenian architecture. Inside the small domed room with niches in all the walls except the Western. "Gavazan" — swinging column, set at 904 in the yard, near the premises of the monastery, is a unique work of Armenian architecture and engineering of the time. This octagonal stone pillar (eight feet tall), topped with a cross-stone, mounted on a carved cornice. Of seismic vibrations, and even the touch of a human hand column can be tilted independently and return to its original position. Pendulum warned the population of the monastery of earthquakes, as well as the approach of the enemy.

10. Russia. Moscow.
Church of St. John the Baptist — the first Moscow cathedral — was founded on Bor, where then there were the first wooden fortress wall around the main city Borovitsky Hill — the future of Moscow Kremlin. It is noteworthy that this church was built of wood, and as the old historians have long argued, from the same local tree, pine, which was thickly covered with the Kremlin hill, received from the forest its historical name — Borovitskii. During archaeological work conducted in the XIX century when dismantling the church in its place were found animal bones and skull of a horse, and this led researchers to suggest that the Baptist Church was built on the exact site of the former pagan temple

11. Russia. Novgorod.
George Monastery built on the site of the ancient temple of Perun.

12 Russia. Novgorod.
Perynsky skit. This ancient tract is located at the very beginning of Volkhov near St. George. In ancient times there was one of the largest pagan shrines eastern Slavs — the temple of the god of thunder Perun. In 991, after the baptism of Novgorod, on the site of a pagan temple was built by a Christian church, then the monastery, which in 1611 was ravaged by the Swedes. Has survived only Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin. Built at the beginning of the XIII century, it is one of the smallest pre-Mongolian churches in Russia.

13 Russia. Pereslav-Zaleski.
Nikitsky monastery. Experts suggest that in ancient times was located on the site of the monastery temple of the ancient Slavs.

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14. Lithuania. Vilnius.
CHURCH OF ST. Stanislaus. According to the chronicles, the city already existed in the XIII century, when Gerimund, elected in 1265, the Lithuanian prince, arranged at the confluence of the rivers in Vileyka Viliyu Thunder temple at the foot of the mountain, which was later called the Castle. That was a big courtyard where now the cathedral, surrounded on all sides by a wall. Its entrance is located on the river side. When the high priest of the temple of living curve-curve with the priests and voydelotkami that supported a temple unquenchable fire — Znich. About temples, which now is the bell tower of the Cathedral, the tower was built, the bottom of which, according to legend, is a remnant of the one from which the curve-curve once preached to the people of the gods. Nearby is the holy altar, which were brought to the pagan sacrifices and burnt remains of the Lithuanian princes. The place was called the valley Svintoroga.
At the site of the present church of Peter and Paul, was the temple of the goddess of love Milda, the site also Pyatnitskaya church — temple Ragutisa — the patron saint of beekeepers.
In honor of the Catholic baptism of Lithuanian nationals, in the place where there was a temple, founded in 1387, was the Church of St. Stanislaus, and the Thunder hung in the tower bell.

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15. Syria. Saydnayya.
At the highest point of the ridge is Kalamun oldest male monastery of the Holy Cherubim. Its history is little known. It is believed that he came to Christ and was a pagan shrine. Later settled there first Christians.

16. Russia. Tver. Selizharovsky district, Bolshekoshinskoe rural settlement, Goryshin churchyard.
Route Moscow-Ostashkov. "St. Nicholas Church" is built on the high bank of the Volga in 1783., Baroque style. Location is not accidental. The building of the church was built on an ancient burial mound temple.
In the ancient burial mound Russian soldiers who defended Goryshinskuyu parish and ancient city Goryshin X century, now entered in the list of historical, cultural and natural monuments of the Russian Federation.

17. Belarus. Brest.
At the foot of Castle Hill Parish Church is one of the oldest in Belarus. According to legend, it was founded by Grand Duke Vytautas in 1395 on the site of a pagan temple of Perun.

18. Israel. Jerusalem.

Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Built by the Byzantine Emperor Constantine in IVc. on the ruins of a pagan temple.

19. Russia. Moscow region. Pavlovsky Posad district, etc. Byvalin.
Holy Trinity Church is one of the oldest temples of the area. Was built on the site of an ancient pagan temple, and prompted local residents to build a small stone church in honor of the Holy Trinity and the phenomenon of the disappearance of three times of the Most Holy Trinity, the local people transported from village to village.

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20. Ukraina. Chernigiv.
Fundator Savior Cathedral Preobrazhenskogo Prince Mstislav (brother Yaroslav the Wise) yaky to Chernіgova knyazyuvav have Tmutarakanі, Same zvіdti requesting maystrіv, yakі boule obіznanі s traditsіyami cult budіvnitstva in Malіy Azії Zakavkazzі that, at the time de boule i poshirenі podіbnі Khrami. Annealed chernіgіvsky Prince Mstislav Tmutarakansky slayed names Cathedral on kіlka rokіv ranіshe, nіzh yogo brother Yaroslav the Wise in rozpochav Kiєvі sporudzhennya Sofіyskogo cathedral. A CAME — Here blizko 1030 rock. For perekazami, kam'yany temple zbudovano on mіstsі derev'yanoї church, yak, in its Cherga, bula zvedena on mіstsі yazichnitskogo temples.

21. Ukraina. Chernigiv.
Іllіnsku CHURCH Bulo zasnovano on cob Article XII. on mіstsі temple yazichnitskomu bogovі Perun (20 Lipno) at scho hristiyanstvі MAB counterpart — the prophet Іllya (2 serpnya). Tom won i Got Taku titles.
The legend її pobuduvav chernіgіvsky Prince Svyatoslav Yaroslavovich, zasnovnik chernіgіvskoї knyazіvskoї dinastії on Poshanu Antonіya Pecherskogo, if that priїhav to Chernіgova i zasnuvav Marian Monastir 1069 p., Vіdomy us yak Antonієvі Pecherov. Ale buduyuchi Church, Prince does not zabuv i about myself. In yazichnitskіy traditsії Perun LUVs patron knyazіv, headache god in yazichnitskomu panteonі.
Tsya Tserkva Yea chi not єdinoyu bezstovpnoyu churches in Ukraїnі, yak zbereglasya. Krіm of Іllіnska Church of the Entry to p'yatіrki domongolskih hramіv scho zbereglisya have Chernіgovі. For porіvnyannya: the Kiєvі zbereglosya 9 domongolskih church i soborіv.
Sche is a legend rozpovіdaє scho at vzyattі Chernіgova Mongols in 1239 zhovtnі p. Marian monks Monastir so molilisya, dwellers їh abode not zruynuvali i їh not hammered scho entire complex at once s Іllіnskoyu CHURCH pіshov pid land by tim i vryatuvavsya.
I. deprivation Til'ky have yakiys rіk CAME on the day of the Prophet Іllі, zavdyaki prayers monahіv, Іllіnska Tserkva viyshla s-pid zemlі have zovsіm neposhkodzhenomu viglyadі.

22. Armenia. Garni.
Photos and comments of the tourist: "Ancient Armenian fortress and settlement, located about 30 km from Yerevan. At one time it was the summer residence of Armenian kings, and now in the fortress ruins of the walls, the remains of baths III century pagan temple (I c. AD). Naturally, many new parts. The church choir sings for tourists. It was strange that Christian prayers are performed in a pagan temple. But apart from this fact — funky acoustic sound impressive. "

23. Russia. Yaroslavl.
Ilino Tikhon Church. The place where the monument is located, covered with legends. It is considered the most ancient part of the city. According to legend, it was here, on the site of an ancient pagan temple, Prince Yaroslav, and commanded to lay the wooden church of Prophet Elijah and "hail sozidati."

24. Ukraine. Kiev.

St. Andrew's Church was founded in 1744 in connection with the arrival here of Elizabeth I. According to legend, the temple was built on the site of an ancient pagan temple where sacrifices to the pagan gods — Perun, Veles and Dazhdbog. Offended "betrayed them" Slavic idols allegedly cursed church. It is because, they say, Andrew built a very long time (about 10 years), and it never received the service. As if confirming the ancient legend, the church three times (!) Struck by lightning.

25. Russia. Karelia. Small Kolgostrov. Ilyinsky.
In the XVI century, Tsar Ivan the Terrible ordered to found on an island in the middle of the vast waters of Lake Orthodox church — in a place where there was once an ancient pagan temple.

26. Germany. Cologne.
Basilica of St. Kunibert (view from the River Rhine). Church preserved the legend of how St. Kunibert turned a place of pagan worship in the place of Christian worship. It's a source of healing water. It has long been housed in a pagan temple. The saint thought it was wrong beside episcopal residence to have such a shame. Therefore the temple has been eliminated, and in its place, next to the ancient Roman city wall (which served the city faithfully until the twelfth century) built a small temple in honor of the martyr Clement, Pope of Rome, martyred in the quarries of the Crimea and drowned in the waters of the Black Sea ( As the Christian tradition, the feast day of St. Clement sea receded, revealing the place of his death.)

27. Lithuania. Vilnius.
Friday Church (Church of the Holy Martyr Paraskeva). Located in Old Town, on the corner of Castle (Piles), Large (Didzioji) and lotochek (Latakia) at the address. Didzioji 2 (Didzioji g. 2). By not completely reliable sources in the ancient temple of this place was the Lithuanian god of drunkenness Ragutisa. At the urging of the first wife of Lithuanian Grand Duke Algirdas Vitebsk Princess Maria Yaroslavna, temple was destroyed and in its place in 1345 was elevated to the Christian church. It is called the first stone Christian church in Vilnius. The church has suffered from fires. After a fire in 1557 was rebuilt in 1560, burned down in 1610 and rebuilt in 1698, is gradually declining due to lack of members and conflicts between "Orthodox" and Uniate churches.

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28. Russia, Ivanovo Region.
Bogorodsk Kaptsevo — a village on the site of the ancient settlement Merya Kaptsov the river, 29 miles away. from Rostov, 32 yard, 107 souls Nadzherovskoy parish. Ancient patrimony graph. Vorontsov-Dashkovs. Stone church built in 1757 by Count Ivan Ilarionovichem Vorontsov. B. Near-Kaptseva survived and even now many mounds Merya type, and in particular the great one, very large, called "Podgornoe place." According to the manuscript, on the site of the village was a pagan temple, which destroyed St. Isaiah, bishop of Rostov. B.-Kaptsevo was somehow special prominence under Saint. Dimitri of Rostov, as he is referred to in the classroom at the school, then the institutions of the saint. In the last century in the village temporarily resided famous ER Dashkova. In the old days (XVIII c.) B.-Kaptsevo represents a view of the city. Here, apart from the lord of this temple that are now in ruins, was a zoo, parks, greenhouses, wine and stud farms, riding arena, and on the way to the village to Rostov ran Jakimovski planted on how miles limes avenue, now from all that remained meager traces little reminiscent of former greatness, and zanadelnaya land does not belong to more than the former owners.

29. Russia, Uglich.
Near the city center on a small hill, formerly called the "Ogneva Mountain", where in ancient times was a pagan temple, located Alexius monastery (founded in 1371). During the siege in 1609, the Poles 60 monks and 500 people died bravely defending it, and had taken refuge in the basement alive sleep. Memory it was erected in 1628, Church of the Assumption, called "marvelous" — one of the most beautiful monuments of Russian architecture, its tent resemble three white candles on the graves of the fallen defenders.

30. Russia, Fr. Konevets.
In the western part of Lake Ladoga is Konevets Island, so named because of the huge boulder that resembles horse head — Horse-stone weighing about 750 tons. Once Gentiles are brought into the annual sacrifice to the gods horse, and now the horse-stone built a wooden chapel. Konevets island — small, about five miles long and about two wide, rocky and sandy beaches, the bright and dark pine fir forests, mountains — holy and Snake. On the island at the end of XIV century was based Nativity of the Mother Konevsky monastery.

31. Russia. Dubrovitsy, Podolsk district.
The mansion is located on a hill at the confluence of the Desna and Fakhra. One, lurking, winds between the high forest coast, the other is open and spacious, flowing through the field. Here they are joined, and above them on the flat high hill towering phallic symbol — the church! Place whole and interesting, they say that there was an ancient temple dedicated to Perun. In the years 1690-1704, Prince Boris Golitsyn (educator Peter), exiled to his estate for his involvement in the turmoil, put a church of Our Lady of the Sign in honor of the return of his status at court.

32. Russia, Pskov., D Vybuty
Church of Elijah the Prophet (Elias Church), presumably XV century. But the place is much older — there was Perunova temple.

33. Russia, Staraya Ladoga
On the mountain you will see Malysheva Church of St. John the Baptist, a former St. John's Monastery. Under the church are man-made caves. Once it was mined sand for glass and glass beads, hide from enemies, even, say, a catacomb monastery. It turns out that Christianity began in the cave temples, and on the mountain, there is the temple of the Gentiles. Near the temple is a source of holy water. St. Nicholas Cathedral (XVII) is built on the site of the church of the XII century

34. Ukraine, s. Monastyrok
Located on the bank. Seret near with. Bilche-Golden. In X. was established here one of the first Christian churches in Ukraine. This is one of the oldest Christian holy places in the site of an ancient pagan temple. Is a cave under a large stone slab, supported by stone columns. Entrance of the cave was completed in the pre-Christian times. Was used as a religious temple. Near the three multi-ton stones resting sacrificial stone with a slotted cross. Rainwater in the cross turns red. The ancient altar on which is still visible image of Christ with the eyes closed. The cave is a valuable historical monument.

35. Russia, Izborsk, Pskov.
The chronicles mention of the monastery there is no more or less. According to the literary and historical sources, the monastery was founded in the second half of the XV century, in the last years of the republic of Pskov. Founder of the monastery said Onuphrius Malskyy. In 1581, the monastery was destroyed by the army of the Stefan Batory, and only restored in 1675. In 1710 the monastery was again devastated. In 1730, at the time of Anna Ivanovna under Bishop Raphael Zborowski renewed life in the monastery. But not for long. A few monks were highly pious, and the locals rarely visited the monastery. He lived on his own. In 1764, during the reign of Catherine II with Archbishop of Pskov and Riga Innocent Monastery was finally abolished, and the Church of the Nativity turned into a parish church. However, the service there committed. Malsky the — source worshiped in pagan times, have lived in the sacred area Setu (Finno-Ugric ethnic group, which is close to Estonians). Thus, Malsky monastery, as is often the case, was based on a pagan temple.

36. Russia. Vladimir region., Gorokhovets.

Nicholas Monastery. Gorokhovets located in the suburb, surrounded Puzhalovoy mountains Yarilin mountains, Bald Mountain, Perunova mountains which are sacred places before the Slavs, and is now developed by Christian monasteries and temples.

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37. Russia. Vladimir region. S.Volosovo.
In Russia there are many places where the ancient temples hair was replaced by Nicholas church and monasteries. One of them is close to Vladimir, a village which is called — Volosovo. Since time immemorial, there functioned Nicholas Volosov monastery. He is still there. Nuns know the tradition that originated in their abode place Volosova temple and even seem proud of this continuity, pointing to their ancient monastery.

38. Armenia. Vagarshapat Armavir region.
Church of St. Hripsime — located in the city, built in 618 on the site of an ancient pagan temple. Included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site and is part of the Echmiadzin monastery.

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39. Russia. about. Balaam.
Given the location of the island, most likely that his name came precisely from the Finnish words "high land." However, some researchers have linked the island's name with the pagan god Baal (Welles). This theory also has the right to exist, as in ancient times, Balaam was also a sacred place — there was a pagan temple. For this reason that, according to legend, came to the island and enlighten Slavic lands Apostle Andrew. He ruined temple, erecting in its place an Orthodox cross.

40. Ukraine. Sevastopol.
Not far from Sevastopol, near Cape Fiolent, which translated from Greek means "God's Country" or simply "God", found a quiet haven Monastery of St. George. More than three thousand years ago there stood a temple in honor of the virgin goddess Diana.

41. Russia. Moscow reg., Kolomna district.
Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin, the churchyard of red. Many centuries ago, on the site of an ancient pagan temple a monastery, as was listed in church records, in the name of the Holy Great Martyr Theodore of Tyrone. The monastery was looted and burned by the Lithuanians and Poles in the Time of Troubles in the years 1609-1612. All the monks were killed. High mounds coming from the church graveyard described by Red Bank of Moscow — the river, stretching over a kilometer left monument took place in this place of military events during the Tatar-Mongol invasion. At the burning of the monastery, in 1620, built a wooden church. Renewed in 1820, the temple of the village landowner Yellin virgin Paraskevi GRIGORYEVNA Poznyakova. Has the external appearance of the church after the restoration thereof, whether or not the annals of sight.

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42. Russia. Yekaterinburg.
Church on the Blood, the site of the Ipatiev House, where the ball was shot last Russian Emperor Nicholas II and his family. The fact that the so-called "Ipatiev House" was built on the place of the wooden church of the Assumption, already written by different authors (PV Multatuli, etc.). It is worth noting that the church itself was built in the XVIII century on the site of the ancient … Peipsi temples.

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43. Georgia, Uplistsikhe
Uplistsikhe cave city lies on the left bank of the Kura ten kilometers from the village of Gori, and dates back to 1000 BC Prior to the adoption of Christianity in Georgia IV century Uplistsikhe was a prominent pagan center, and in IX century Christian basilica brick church was built on the spot of the former pagan temple of the sun. Functioned cave city to XIII-XIV centuries, until the devastation of the Mongols.

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44. Russia, Suzdal.
Elias Church (1744) was installed on top of a small hill, in a bend of the River. Heater. Ancient architects successfully chosen a place to build a temple, expressive silhouette which is supposed masters, should be foreseeable with a good many places. A view of the meadow and river Ilyinsky stove with a bulk of the shaft of the 12th century! In the background — Elias Church, built on the former site of a pagan temple.

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45. Spain, Catalonia.
Comment tourist: "The next day we went to the monastery of Montserrat for water ceremony, high in the mountains of Catalonia. Montserrat is known as the home of the "Black Virgin", Madonna and black leather. For the Black Madonna in Europe there are many explanations, but the Archangel Michael has shared with us that it is this energy was the "Cosmic Mother," and that black skin was designed to portray the black night of Space, from which all life emerged. Cosmic mother holds the Cosmic Balance, the Egyptian aspect it was named Ma'at. This was especially important for our work, because our water ceremony was directed to return the balance of Peace and Abundance on the planet. We were told that a Christian monastery was built on the site of a pagan temple. Driving up to the monastery, you really feel awed by the power of the Holy energy in this place. According to our guide, Montserrat Goni, earlier this place was a temple of Venus, therefore, is as sacred to the Divine Feminine, and to the Archangel Michael. "

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46. Sweden, Uppsala.
Old-Uppsala church, Gamla-Uppsala. It was built in the XII century on the site of a pagan sanctuary, richly decorated with gold and silver, where, on giving, there were sculptures of pagan gods Odin, Thor and Freyer. However, with the spread of Christianity (early 1000's) in Sweden, all the pagan shrines were destroyed and even in legends and songs skaldic mention of pagan gods was replaced with the name of Christ. "Gamla Uppsala" — one of the few monuments of the pre-Christian history of Sweden.

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47. Belarus, on Iškaldź.
It is a village in the Baranovichi district, Brest region at the intersection of the borders of three regions: Minsk, Brest and Grodno. The village is located about 100 km south-west of Minsk Here is the church of the Holy Trinity — the architectural and historical rarity of late Gothic. This is the oldest (of not undergoing surgery) church in Belarus. It was built in 1472 of brick Nemirovich Nicholas, probably on the site of a pagan temple.

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48. UK. Dover, Canterbury.
Its majestic Norman Cathedral — before the invasion of the Romans it was a mysterious place of pagan temples. During the Roman rule the Celtic church was built here, but when the Romans in V. away from England, the place again turned into a pagan shrine. Cathedral here were build in 597 AD. e., when St Augustine, by order of Pope Gregory, who wanted to eradicate pagan cultures, arrived from Rome to pay the Angles and Saxons to Christianity. St. Augustine was the first archbishop of Canterbury. The original building of the cathedral burned down in a fire in 1067

49. Russia, Tul., D. Sviridov.
At the foot of a high hill, where the river bed Venevki meets Dry Sturgeon, scored in the old source, which counted twelve keys. The water from ancient times was considered a sacred place. Once there was a pagan temple in honor Kupala. And yet every Kupala night here come the girls and tied ribbons on the trees, the slope to the water. Currently source consecrated and landscaped, built a pool, put a memorial cross of the chapel of All Saints.

50. Russia. Kasimov
That church, which stands on the tenements now, was consecrated as Elijah and had Nicholas and Transfiguration thrones. In pre-Christian times to the site of the church was a pagan shrine. And, following the change of the name of the church, is not so difficult to understand that there was a cult. Soviet scientist Boris Uspensky reconstructed main Indo-European myth as a story of heavenly thunder god (Perun) beatable serpentine god (his name in Russia Vles, hair). In Christian times hair worshiped under the name of Nicholas-pleaser, and Perun is divided into two forms: the peasant Ilya giving rain, and George, who was on the icons depict beatable snake-like Volos. About Elias Church is a cemetery with old stones and ancient inscriptions on them in Slavic.

51. Russia, Ingushetia
Thaba-Erdy — the early Christian church VIII-IX century in Assinsky Gorge, built by the ancient pagan temple.

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52. Montenegro. Cetinje Monastery.
g.Tsetine-old capital of Montenegro. At 1484g Ivan Crnojevic erected a monastery of the Nativity of the Virgin. Comment tourist to photo: "And the church is built on the ruins of the symbolic pagan temple."

53. France, Paris.
Church of Saint-Germain l'Okserrua. Until VIIIv. what is now the church took the pagan sanctuary. The first Christian church was consecrated in the name of Saint Germain, the former bishop of the city during the life Okserrua.

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Christian churches on the ruined temples of

54. Ukraine. s.Podkamen.
The village consists of up to Pіdkamіn Brodіvskogo p-well, Lvіvskoї of Region. N Shine, scho domіnuє over the village, the first on yakіy roztashovany drevnіy Monastir Pochaїvskoї see the domes of Lavra. In deyakih Jerel Mozhna know refs stone, Vid yakogo Mabuchi th pregnant titles particle TOWNS — Chortіv Kamin. By odnіy s bagatoh legends about Pіdkamіn, Same to Pochaїvskoї Laurus tyagnuv devil velichezny Kamin, dwellers on that throw off yogo hristiyansku Svjatina. Ale not rozrahuvav chortyaka svoїh forces th yogo letting those mіstse de th stoїt particle grandіozny pіskovik at a time. Іnshy varіant toї Legend says scho Kamin having run the same on the Church, the yak was on pagorbі, i Yakscho priklasti vuho the rock, you can pochuti pravoslavnі tserkovnі spіvi. Deyakі іstoriki vvazhayut scho Kamin vikoristovuvavsya yak poganske temple. Ale monks roztashovanogo handrail and steering Monastir zveli on vershinі STONE Chrest. Just in vipadok. 1695 p. Bulo osvyacheno temple in honor of the Assumption Presvyatoї Bogoroditsі, Chrest of the Lord, Peter I Apostolіv Vsіh that Paul Saints.

55. Russia, Novgorod.
Blasius Church at Redyatine was built on the site of a pagan temple god Veles at the dawn of Christianization and rebuilt in stone in 1407. Compared with the achieved level by this time, there is much, let's say, reduced style.

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56. Turkey LapShoki

"In the year 325, Bishop of Lampsak (Asia Minor) went to the Emperor Constantine the Great to give him the power to destroy the idol temples and built in their place of Christian churches. The king gave him a letter to ruin temples and provided funds for the construction of the temple. Returning to Lampsak, St. Parthenius ordered the destruction of temples and idols in the middle of the city to erect a temple. Found on one of the ruined temples large rock, convenient for the dispensation of the Holy See in the temple, the saint had ordered him to handle and drive to build a church. Of spite the devil, who for vozyarilsya taken from stone temples, the cart tipped over and killed by a stone Evtihiana charioteer. Holy Parfeny raised him in prayer, and shamed the devil, who wanted to prevent God's work. "

57. France, Chartres
Here is one of the greatest creations of Gothic architecture and the Christian culture of the Middle Ages — Chartres Cathedral. The history of the city dates back to around the middle of one thousand BC. Around this same time, is the construction of Chartres first Catholic church, which is said to have been built on the site of a Celtic pagan temple, near the holy spring. Over the next few centuries, the church building is not just suffering from the fires and destruction.

58. Armenia. Ashtarak.
Hovhanavank monastery is situated on the right bank of the river Kasakh forming here a picturesque gorge. In terms of the monastery Hovhanavank represents almost right rectangle of three compact standing buildings … Hovhanavank oldest building — the Basilica, built in the V century, rebuilt in 573, and after repeatedly refresh. From the north to the ruins of the church adjacent to the Basilica of the first Christians, from the early IV century, probably built on the site of a pagan temple, which existed in the pre-Christian era. Among the many traditions of the Armenian tradition is associated with the monastery Hovhanavank and Tamerlane. When the hordes of invaders and invaded Armenia, devastating everything in its path, came to the monastery, the local rector, in order not to see him ruin and death of their brethren, and went to drown in the river. But the Lord would not allow it — the river water did not take him, and he walked on the water, like a on dry land. Tamerlane, who at the same time, he called the abbot and said, "Since you showed to our eyes a miraculous sign, ask for what you want." The abbot said, "Give me as many of my people as the church together." Agreed Tamerlane. Opened the door of the temple and began to blame the people there. How many people did — all went to church, no one left. Tamerlane wondered this, looks included inside turn into doves and fly away to escape.

59. Ukraine. Ovruch.
Vasilyevskaya Ovruch church — one of the oldest churches in Ukraine — it is already more than a thousand years. The history of the church is Vasilevsky from the time of Kievan Rus. Line the historical record say that there was a wooden church built by Prince Volodymyr the Great (Christian Basil) in 997 (in another version in 989) in place of the destroyed pagan temples.

60. Armenia. Tsitsernavank.
According to Armenian historians IV-V centuries. (Agatangeghos, Favstos, Buzand, Zenob Gluck), starting with 301 in Armenia, much of the pagan temples almost no or partial adjustment was used as a church. They repeated layout pagan building: long, oriented east-west, rectangular composition, only the altar shifted from west to east. In the period of Christianity Tsitsernavank was razed to the lower parts of the walls, or, more likely, as the temple began the construction, but construction was interrupted after the appearance of Christianity in Syunik. To the question, could be Armenian pagan temples in the form of this basilica building (a large width and proportions of pre-Christian structure Tsitsernavank could only basilica), we can give a positive answer.

61. Ukraine. Lions.
Church of the Ascension. Kaiserwald located north hill known as Mount Rod or Baba (installed on the plate here it is called "mountain Baba-Rod") … The rise follows almost imperceptible, and only came to the northern edge of the "Baby-Rod," you can understand why there was this hill the proud name of the mountain. Tops as such here, however, there is no mountain of cut like some big knife, its top — flat field the size of a small stadium. Here, on Baba found traces of the ancient city. Historian Anthony Schneider wrote that Baba was called, in fact, not the mountain, and is located about two hundred meters up the hill, which is now the Church of the Ascension. In ancient times, this place was like a stone figure of a woman, and this was the same "Baba." And on the next hill (apparently meaning mountain Baba-Rod) was, respectively, "Father." These idols once sacrificed yaruyu wheat from Ridge, mushrooms — from Gribovichey, fish from Poltva. Idols, he believed the local people, often quarreled, causing heavy rains started, especially if "Baba" was crying. Even this "Baba" did not like killing birds. "Grandfather" and "Baba", gradually destroyed, existed until modern times, idols (or rather, the fact remains that they are) have been completely destroyed in the XVII century., When these hills were built fortifications, designed to protect the city from Tatar raids .

62. Russia. Pskov., D Zarodische.
In 1998 Zarodischskomu's Church, now the Church of St. Nicholas turned 400 years old, is the oldest stone building in the district. According to medieval tradition churches built or on the sites of former pagan temples, or near them, as was the case with the church in Zarodische.

63. Russia. Novgorod.
On the outskirts of Novgorod were built Church of the Saviour in Kovalev (1345) and the Assumption on Volotovo field (1352). They were small parish churches, replaced the ancient temples.

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64. Rossiya.Omsk

In the summer of the 7419th (1910) was built in Omsk Church Signs Perun (in common parlance — the Sign Temple). It is located near the intersection of Mayakovsky and Kuibyshev, or, as said before, the first line, or if you take the old name, and street Forging first line. In the summer of the 7421st, that is in 1913, pagan temple was consecrated Pater Miroslav Diem, and it began service.

In October and November 1913 from Novgorod Christian Russian Orthodox icon of the Sign sent the Queen of Heaven, and they decided to build a temple for her, which started to collect money. Temple, it was decided to put in the artillery lines. That is, as we would say now, the area of Port Arthur, Leninsky district, where a modern railway station, it is a street of Labor, in the areas of the current Port Arthur.

But two things happened. You remember, August 1, 1914, the First World War, and the money collected at the temple Christians, they were sent on the formation of the hospital train … Well, cry was empress. That is, they money — to the front, as we would say today, "Everything for the front, everything for victory" given away. And what happens? The icon is, the money collected at the temple, went to the front … well, maybe a part of and in the pockets of local priests settled, it is dark. In general, the congregation, saying, All is no money. And what does the bishop of Omsk and Akmola Andronicus in summer 7425th (December 1916), with the help of soldiers from the local garrison, expels Staroverov Temple Signs of Perun.

What happens next: our kicked, Kummiry, the image Porush, there dragged the icon of the Queen of Heaven and converted the pagan temple at the temple. In common parlance and remained — "Temple of the Sign," only instead of "Sign of Perun" there appeared one icon of the "Sign of the Queen of Heaven." (Lessons from the School of spiritual Asgardskago)

UPD. 24/03/2012

Christian churches on the ruined temples of

65. Russia. Novgorod

Church of Elijah the Prophet in the glorious (or Elijah on the Hill) was built on the site of an ancient temple Slavic Perun. The chronicle was first mentioned in the glorious temple of Elijah under the 1105 year.

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