The Twelve Apostles' Church

The Twelve Apostles' Church was a private home church of Russian Patriarchs. The ancient iconostasis has not survived. The present iconostasis was transferred here from the Kremlin's Ascension Cathedral in 1929.It dates back to the late XVIIth — early XVIIIth century.

The church houses a display of icons of the XVIIth century, the major part of which was executed in Kremlin workshops and adorned Kremlin cathedrals. The display gives an opportunity to trace the development of the XVIIth century icon-painting, that of two stages.

The exposition in the church incorporates icons by famous royal painters of the late XVIIth century, i.e. image of Theodore the Stratilates by Simon Ushakov, image of Andrew the First-called by Fyodor Zubov, icon of Crucifixion with Apostles' passions by Fyodor Rozhnov and others.

Iconostasis of the Twelve Apostles ChurchCiborium in the Twelve Apostles’ ChurchPainting inside the ciborium roof in the Twelve Apostles’ ChurchShowcase with icons in the Twelve Apostles’ Church