Emperor Alexander I "Blessed" makes a vow to erect
Temple of the Savior in Moscow, 1812
In the center - a deacon in a white tunic, a sign of spiritual purity and innocence, the icon of the Holy Face of the Savior. Left - kneeling emperor Alexander I, who vows to erecting the Temple of the Savior in Moscow. In the hands of the regalia of power: the scepter, orb with the monogram "CDC - kings cross power"; at the head of a large imperial crown; on the shoulders of the mantle - the signs of the Christian ruler. Right, striding motion to the Image, the younger brother of the Emperor - Grand Duke Nikolai Pavlovich (the future Nicholas I). Outstretched hands - a sign of acceptance of the idea of further construction. Each of the story will seal his fate: Alexander I plan of the temple, Nikolai Pavlovich continue. Medieval clothing prince: military cloak podlatny vest, hat-edge, kampagi2 - mark due to the old Russian tradition - ktitorstvom3. Left the Chamber - the city of Vilna, who signed the manifesto. From the roofs hanging chambers velum4 red, symbolizing the spiritual flame of events vnutriarhitekturnost action. In kontrrelefy wall sign placed teratological animal style, with biting serpents - a sign of spiritual darkness penetration in Russia, which will be felt in subsequent stamps ("The coming of the Bolsheviks in 1917"). At the bottom of the symbolic manure - a sign of earthly action.
2 Kampagi - Gr. αμπή - boots warrior.
3 Ktitor - Gr. κτήτωρ - founder, investor, creator of the temple.
4 velum - Lat. velum - sail wide fabric.
By Napoleon from exile
Russia all the success and glory
Russian weapons of Alexander I
gave special favor God - the
Savior. Returning from Europe,
he vowed to erect church in the
name of Christ Savior in Moscow.
his sovereign will expressed in
the manifesto, signed in the city
of Vilnius, on holiday Nativity Dec. 25, 1812:
"Almighty God bless our endeavor! Yes it is accomplished! "1.
1 Christ the Savior Cathedral. M .: The capital,
1996, p. 9.