The Arnau Church of St. Catherine of Alexandria is a Brick Gothic church built in the 14th century. It contains more than 200 medieval frescoes. The Soviets used the church for grain storage. It was not until 2003 that a restoration campaign was launched. The building belongs to the Kaliningrad History Museum and is used for exhibitions and orthodox liturgy.



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A229, Rodniki, Russia
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Founded: 14th century
Category: Religious sites in Russia

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Sasha Rempel (2 years ago)
Amazingly beautiful, cozy place .. ... Permeated with some special warmth and kindness. It can be seen with what love they treat each bush here .... words cannot convey. I highly recommend visiting!
позитив негативный (3 years ago)
Kirkha Arnau (Rodniki village). The Church of St. Catharine in Arnau was founded around 1320. The tower, the nave and the choir are made of brick. The brickwork of all parts of the church is Gothic. The nave has three spans. Chair in 1684 by Christian Clodsey. A helmet, gloves, spurs, a sword, and other knightly accessories hung in the choir over the triumphal arch. Von Oppen's coat of arms was decorated with knightly equipment. As a result of hostilities in 1945, the church was damaged: the upper part of the tower and the southeastern part of the choir were destroyed. Since 1960, the building has been used as a granary. The interior decoration of the interiors has been completely lost, hipped roof vaults and fragments of frescoes have been preserved. In 2008, the church was transferred to the Kaliningrad Museum of History and Art. On May 11, 2010, the building of the church was transferred to the use of the Kaliningrad diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Екатерина Семикина (3 years ago)
A very beautiful, quiet, blessed place. Now the Church of St. Catherine. You can go down to the river. Everything is very well maintained. The Temple itself is admitted on any day. But be sure to have a mask. Completely renovated.
Елена Прокурова (3 years ago)
In the village of Rodniki, there is the Arnau church, which was erected in the 14th century during the reign of the Teutonic Order, although now it belongs to the RPH ...
Юля Моисеева (4 years ago)
Kirch Arnau is one of the oldest church buildings in the Kaliningrad region. Founded in 1364. Next to the church is the resting place of Ober-President of Eastern and Western Prussia, the defender of freedom of education and of the press, Theodore von Schoen, who landscaped her surroundings. At the beginning of the 20th century, the suburb of Arnau (previously in Soviet times - administratively was divided into two settlements - Maryino and Rodniki, at the moment (as of June 1, 2012 - is the only settlement - the village Rodniki) became a popular holiday destination for Königsberg people . People came to Arnau not only along the road, but also along the Pregolya River in canoes and sailing boats. There was even a small passenger steamer running between Könisgberg and Arnau. The main attraction of Arnau was the church. As a result of the hostilities in 1945, the church was damaged: the upper part of the tower and the south-eastern part of the choir were destroyed. Completely lost interior decoration. Since 1960, the building has been used as a granary. In the 90s, a restoration project was developed, and the restoration of the building began. The bell tower, roof, and fresco research began. In 2008, the church was transferred to the Kaliningrad History and Art Museum (an exposition opened in the church on July 8), but on May 11, 2010, the building was handed over to the Kaliningrad diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church. A parish was formed in honor of Catherine the Great Martyr. From this point on, water prayers and the sacrament of baptism are regularly performed here. On October 3, 2010, the parish primate Patriarch Kirill visited the parish. In late September 2010, before the visit of the patriarch, the museum exposition was dismantled. On May 30, 2019, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church issued a decree on the opening of a convent in the name of St. Catherine the Great Martyr and the appointment of his abbess with the nun Theodosia in the Springs.
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