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“Interesting, not for tourists”
Review of Eglise Russe

Eglise Russe
Ranked #17 of 43 things to do in Baden-Baden
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed 2 December 2017

Very nice small cozy church.
You pay 1 euro as a gesture to enter the church.
Inside it is dark, but very well decorated as you might except in a Russian church.
You may not take photos and it is rather to pray than to enter to take photos and be a tourist.
The lady inside was very nice, though does not speak English nor French, she tried hard explaining by gestures how to pray at the center infront of the altar. You may buy candles from the lady, say a prayer and leave.
Very nice architecture and decoration

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed 22 October 2017

I love this small church.... it is worth the visit because is a building full of character and devotion.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank GabyML1301
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Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

This little church was open a lot when we walked past. It's what we all think a Russian church should look like. However when we visited it was difficult to see the beauty inside as it was so dark. Looking at the postcards for sale it is amazing with the lights on but I guess you have to attend a service to see it at its best. Also, there was a constant stream of people coming in to light candles and kiss icons and we felt a bit as if we shouldn't just be tourists.

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank JohnUK
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Reviewed 9 February 2017

You can walk into this Russian church which is small but beautiful. Important in Baden-Baden's history as a vacation spot for Russian's.

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank Christine M
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Reviewed 2 February 2017

Many Russians went to Baden-Baden in the nineteenth century mainly to undergo a thermal treatment in one of the city spas. Among them famous writers such as Nikolaj Gogol, Iwan Turgeniew and Leo Tolstoj can be counted. Some stayed there for several weeks and some even established themselves in the city. That was the main reason why in was envisaged that an orthodox church in Baden-Baden would be built for the attendance to it of the members of that Russian colony. There were already churches for orthodox services in Stuttgart and Karlsruhe.
More specifically, in 1880 the Grand Duchesse Maria Maxilianowna, granddaughter of Zar Nikolaus I, concocted the possibility that the Baden-Baden Russian community should have their own Russian church. She had married the Baden Prince Wilhelm in 1863. Shortly after the wedding the couple visited the stated city. The opportunity of that visit was taken advantage of to motivate the spa and city administrations to have the Russian church built. The latter administration supported economically such a project by donating to that end the land plot in Lichtenthaler Straße 74. The architect drawing the plans was Iwan Strom, professor of the Arts Academy of St. Petersburg, and the solemn laying of the foundation stone took place in August 1881. In October 1882 the church was finished and it could be consecrated before the end of the said month.
The church was closed after the outbreak of the World War during which it suffered some damage. Among other things, the gilded sheet copper of the bulbous towers was taken away and melted. The dome was provisionally covered with sheet iron, which remained there until 1988. In that year the restoration of the temple outer part to its original state was finished after important renovation and refurbishment works.
The church concerned is a quite simple Russian one in which the Byzantine layout is apparent particularly on the basis of its Greek cross structure. Outside its plain façade is a concrete feature of the building and the gilded bulbous shaped dome is a remarkable element of that external appearance.
Inside one can see that there are no seats in the middle and just some semidetached benches on the side walls are used for getting some rest during or after the religious services. The lack of seats in the church in question is in line with the Orthodox Church tradition in this respect, in pursuance of which the attenders wait standing up for Christ’s advent. Under the altar place there is a tomb with the sarcophaguses of Princesses Maria Maxilianowna and Tatjana Gagarina, who were for many years protectresses of the church and, as such, encouraged the members of the community to become church attenders. The floor and the side walls are covered with white marble. The vault is partly embellished with golden and blue mosaics in Byzantine style.
The iconography separates and at the same time binds the space destined to the parishioners with that of the altar. It’s really beautiful. It follows the same basic scheme as in all Orthodox churches. In the middle the “Royal Door” can be observed. Through that Door comes Christ, the “King of kings”. Besides there are also icons representing Archangels and the Virgin as well as John the Baptist. Conspicuous are in that temple the white marble icons made by the Italian sculptor Luigi Broggi, who had a workshop in Baden-Baden, based on a Prince Grigorij Gagarin’s design. The gilded Royal Door with representations of the Annunciation and the four Evangelists are of a great artistic value. It’s really worth observing attentively all the iconography and the frescoes existing in that church and going through every single detail thereof.
All and all it’s a very interesting church which shouldn’t be missed while in Baden-Baden. It’s just at about 11 minutes walk from the commercial center and that short walk is really worth being done at the sight of the marvels which can be beheld in the temple concerned.

Date of experience: December 2016
7  Thank periandro
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