Old Russian Architecture

A conversation about old Russian architecture the other night led me to recover this aging photo from when I was living in Russia years ago. This church is located in Nizhny Novgorod, a gorgeous city with countless examples of stunning architecture. This church is one of them – perhaps not as grand as the Romanov palaces – but this church has an interesting history and an interesting structure. No nails or glue were used in building this church. It is held together by notches and grooves in the wood slats and tiles – sort of like Lincoln Logs but on a huge, Russian scale. Imagine a building that hasn’t a single nail but can withstand harsh Russian weather for well over 100 years.

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