Church of the Nativity – Towering, Picturesque and Imposing Ruins

Church of the Nativity - Towering, Picturesque and Imposing Ruins

The Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Богородице-Рождественская церковь) can be found off of the R107, down an un -named road in the center of the small village of Shestakovo, Volokolamsk Raion, Moskovskaya oblast’, Russia.

Church of the Nativity - Towering, Picturesque and Imposing Ruins
The Nativity scene, blue doors and exposed brick.

A little over 13 kilometers away from the Joseph Volokolamsk Monastery this is the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The stunning structure catches all attention of the small town. Bright blue doors with the nativity scene pictured above it. History seems scarce. It is known that this structure is linked to the nearby Joseph Volokolamsk Monastery, however, the date of construction is not stated. Though it was quiet possibly built in the 1800’s. In 1930 it was re-purposed as a Russian Orthodox Church.

Church of the Nativity - Towering, Picturesque and Imposing Ruins
Busted windows of the church tower shatter more and more over the years.

In more recent history it has been set to new futures but nothing has come to pass. The yard lays filled with farming equipment. A forgotten vehicle sits in the enclosure. Windows bust out and break more and more over the years. Now almost none remain. The bell tower is falling apart. Ornately decorated, the towers overlook the village. A token of history, to a past of Russia that is filled with religion. The Josephism of religion was heightened during the years of 1479 – 1607.

Church of the Nativity - Towering, Picturesque and Imposing Ruins
An overcast day captures the powerful feel of the forgotten church.

The crosses atop both steeples remain dominant over the surrounding landscape.

Church of the Nativity - Towering, Picturesque and Imposing Ruins
A little confessional sits at the front.

More on Russian Orthodox Churches can be found; with mention to this church here. If you know of any of the history regarding the magnificent structure please comment below.

Church of the Nativity - Towering, Picturesque and Imposing Ruins
Farm equipment seen here filling the enclosed back lot.

Where is the abandoned Church of the Nativity located? You can find it with these coordinates 56.161570, 36.257937.

Church of the Nativity - Towering, Picturesque and Imposing Ruins
Aerial view of the abandoned church in Shestakovo.

Images 1, 2 and 3 by Carlfbagge / Flickr. Licensed under CC. Other images from Google Street View.

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