The Sunken Church Ruins of Krokhino

The Sunken Church Ruins of Krokhino

This drowned little river ruin can be found alongside the shores of the Sheksna River at the bottom of Lake Beloye, on the outskirts of the village of Krokhino, the Vologda Oblast, Russia.

The Sunken Church Ruins of Krokhino
The reflection of the church doubles the beauty in the decay.

The Vologda Oblast is filled with old buildings and historic monuments. This church is no exception, The Church of the Nativity in Krokhino. It was designed in Russian Baroque style. It is the last remaining element of the town of Krokhino that was destroyed by a flood in 1961.

The river feeds the Sheksna Reservoir and is in fact why the church and village was abandoned. When filling the reservoir from the lake it submerged and destroyed the whole town.

The Sunken Church Ruins of Krokhino
This is an image from the late 1800’s of the church.

In 2009, a group set up funding to help save the remaining ruins of this church that has been deteriorating rapidly. They have made walkways to the church and have been trying to raise more money and awareness to save its foundation from crumbling. Find them here. There end game is to restore the church but it is still in the early phases. Structurally integrity must be established and much of the church has already fallen down.

The Sunken Church Ruins of Krokhino
SOS! A banner to save the sinking church.

The Lake Beloye envelopes the church more and more. The waters nearby are deep enough for cruise ships and other vessels.

The Sunken Church Ruins of Krokhino

The church was built with brick and stone. It had 3 alters and Nikolskiy and Peter – Paul chapels. Today, it has become a well known tourist attraction due to the passing of visitors.

The Sunken Church Ruins of Krokhino
This image has been colorized and is circa 1909.

The Church of the Nativity stands a testament of an old and historic town now removed.

Where are the submerged and destroyed church ruins of Krohkino located? You can find it with these coordinates. 60.060764, 38.038901.

The Sunken Church Ruins of Krokhino

Images 1, 4 and 5 by Christine McIntosh / Flickr. Licensed under CC. Image 2 by Lynda / Flickr. Licensed under CC. Images 3 and 6 licensed under Public Domain.

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