Nativity Church at Putinki

One of the most picturesque churches in Moscow and the last major tent-like church in the history of Russian architecture

Nativity Church at Putinki
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The Nativity church at Putinki consists of six exquisite tented roofs arranged in a highly unusual composition.

Three candle-like tents, placed in a row, crown the church, while its refectory is surmounted by several rows of corbel arches and the fourth tent.

The fifth tent is a belltower placed between the church and refectory. The porch also terminates in a pyramidal roof.

Church of Nativity in Putinki, 1650s
pinterest button Church of Nativity in Putinki, 1650s from the Album of Moscow Churches, published in 1882, Public Domain

The church was commissioned by Tsar Alexis Mikhailovich in 1649 in order to grace a highway leading from Moscow to the Trinity Monastery.

Pre-revolutionaty russian postcard of Malaya Dmitrovka Street
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Construction works were completed within three years. As the story goes, Patriarch Nikon, when passing the church on his way to the Trinity Monastery, was so scandalized by its unorthodox design that he prohibited the construction of tent-like churches altogether.

The Soviet authorities closed the church in 1938 but they also funded repair works in 1957.

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the church was reopened as the patriarch's metochion.

Church of Nativity of the Holy Virgin at Putinki

Useful Information

The Church of the Nativity of the Theotokos at Putinki
Russian: Це́рковь Рождества́ Богоро́дицы в Пути́нках


free entry

Opening hours

  • Mon-Sun: 8:00-20:00


4 Malaya Dmitrovka str., Moscow, 103006
103006, Москва, ул. М. Дмитровка, 4

☎ +7 495 699-99-93 +7 495 699-77-13

How to get

Metro: Chekhovskaya, Pushkinskaya, Tverskaya