The graceful and majestic figure of the Mother of God makes a very strong impression. You could see that Roerich was inspired by the images of the Virgin Mary from the Holy Sophia and St Michael’s Cathedral in Kyiv. There are little emotions on the faces of the Angels and Saints in the mosaic, but groups of people in mediaeval dresses are shown animated and gesticulating. The dominating colours of the mosaic are light green, yellow and blue.
The whole church complex stands out as a remarkable combination of old traditions and twentieth-century innovations. All the architectural details create an overall vibrant impression. The doors, window frames, stairs, benches carry ancient symbols, derived from pre-Christian, pagan times, but later used in Orthodox churches (wavy lines, wheels, stars, tridents, etc.). Pokrova Church is not a museum and functions as just a regular Orthodox Church. But its artistic and architectural merits are so high that it is worth to have a little trip from Kyiv to enjoy it.
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