Pyrohoshcha Church

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Pyrohoshcha Dormition of the Mother of God Church
Церква Успіння Богородиці Пирогощої
Церква Богородиці Пирогощої.jpg
Church from the southern part of Square of Contracts
Basic information
Location Kiev, Ukraine
Geographic coordinates 50°27′47″N 30°30′59″E / 50.46306°N 30.51639°E / 50.46306; 30.51639Coordinates: 50°27′47″N 30°30′59″E / 50.46306°N 30.51639°E / 50.46306; 30.51639
Affiliation Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyivan Patriarchate
Year consecrated ?\1998
Ecclesiastical or organizational status Parish church
Website Official Website
Architectural description
Architect(s) unknown
Architectural style Rus' architecture and other styles in different periods
Groundbreaking 1131/1997
Completed 1136/1998
map of Square of Contracts
Pyrohoshcha Dormition Church
Pyrohoshcha Dormition Church
Church location on a map of Square of Contracts

The Pyrohoshcha Dormition of the Mother of God Church (Ukrainian: Церква Успіння Богородиці Пирогощої, Tserkva Uspinnia Bohorodytsi Pyrohoshchoyi) or simply Pyrohoshcha Church (Ukrainian: Церква Пирогощі, IPA: [ˈtsɛrkβɑ pɪroˈɦoʃtʃi]) is an Orthodox church in Kiev in the historical neighbourhood Podil. The original church was built in 1130s by the Mstyslav I the Great of Kiev. It was the main church of Podil, and was a temporary cathedral of Kiev Metropolitanate in the early 17 century. In 1613 the church was reconstructured in Renaissance style, and then in 18th-19th centuries was rebuilt in Ukrainian Baroque and Neoclassicism styles.

In 1934, the church became the cathedral of Ukrainian Autocephalous Church when its center moved from Kharkiv to Kiev together with the capital of Ukrainian SSR. But it was in that status less than a year, being destroyed in 1935 by the Soviet administration for the reason of "reconstructing the square". Then, for some time the church was largely forgotten by the time the research on its remains began in 1976. At that time the idea of rebuilding of the church appeared, but the project was completed only in 1997, providing the restoration in the hypothetic ancient Rus style, which was made in 1997-1998. However, the historical originality of the reconstruction is still in discussion.

On the Easter 1998, the rebuilt Pyrohoshcha was consecrated as a church of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyivan Patriarchate. On 11 November 2012 Patriarch Filaret consecrated the church religious paintings.