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The Holy PlaceArchitecture, Ideology, and History in Russia$
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Konstantin Akinsha, Grigorij Kozlov, and Sylvia Hochfield

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780300110272

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300110272.001.0001

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Ton's Cathedral

Ton's Cathedral

(p.43) Part Two Ton's Cathedral (p.44)
The Holy Place

Konstantin Akinsha

Grigorij Kozlov

Sylvia Hochfield

Yale University Press

This chapter chronicles the events after Alexander I's death, when Nicholas I reigned over Russia. It discusses how Nicholas established a special Artistic Committee whose task was to answer one question: could Vitberg's project be realized? The conclusions made by the committee doomed Vitberg, stating that the construction of such a monumental structure in its designated site was simply impossible. Vitberg's shame did not stop there, as he was then accused of embezzling money from the state. Vitberg was then exiled to Vyatka, and Nicholas soon lost interest in the cathedral project. He was reminded later on by Dmitry Golitsyn, governor-general of Moscow, who dared to ask the czar about the project. Nicholas, instead ignored the competition and placed a young architect named Konstantin Ton in charge of designing the cathedral. This chapter, in turn, narrates the events and challenges that Ton's construction of the monumental structure encountered.

Keywords:   Alexander I, Nicholas I, Artistic Committee, Vitberg, Dmitry Golitsyn, Konstantin Ton

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