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After seeing today's picture by Jorge, I looked at my photos of these delightful domes. And I can't resist showing my archive photos here.

The small domes belong to the Verkhospassky Cathedral - Savior Behind the Golden Lattice, that was built in 1635-1636 by Russian (not Italian, like many other buildings) craftsmen. It is included in the complex of house churches of the Russian tsars at the Terem Palace. The temple is closed for visits.

During the occupation of Moscow by the French army in 1812, the rich church sacristy was taken to Vologda. The part that remained in the temple was plundered, the Royal Gates were broken, the walls were beaten with nails, the altar was broken. The damage was repaired in 1813.

By order of Nicholas I in 1836, the temple was re-painted. On the northern and southern walls of the cathedral, fragments of the 17th-century murals have been preserved. During the construction of the Grand Kremlin Palace in the 1840s, the staircase adjacent to the cathedral was dismantled, the Verkhospasskaya platform was blocked, building new arched openings in place of the Golden Lattice. The latter was repaired and inserted into the renewed arches. The roof over the cathedral refectory was dismantled and a choir was arranged, its western wall was moved with the device of three doors, decorated with lattices made according to the model of the 17th century.
During the armed uprising of 1917, the northeastern corner of the cathedral was damaged during the shelling of the Kremlin from heavy artillery. It was restored by 1920. The temple was closed in 1918 and no services are performed in it.

Another more traditional view in Workshop.

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