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Каменная архитектура Каргополья начала XVIII века

The article “The Masonry Architecture of Kargopol’ in the Early 18th Century” deals with one of many regional architectural traditions of Russia in the 18th century. Only three churches were built in Kargopol’ in this period, and they have never been subject of detailed research. The only surviving building the katholikon of Oshevensk monastery (1707–1734) is the key artifact. The author argues, that the church receives very sophisticated composition due to desire of its founders to copy the architectural forms of the famous Solovki monastery. The second church, that of the Spasski monastery (1707–1717), located in the town of Kargopol’, is now destroyed and only can be seen on some old photos. These photos were discovered in the archive by the author and were published for the first time in this article. Unfortunately, we have no images of the third, Uspenski church in Kargopol’ (1715–1730) which was also destroyed. Its forms are roughly described on the basis of archive documents. The author concludes, the Kargopol’ architecture is unique because it is the most conservative one in the early 18th century Russia. The buildings still represent Post-Byzantine tradition some 30 years after the introduction of European Mannerist and Baroque forms into Russian architecture.