The Znamenskaya Church (the Church of Our Lady of the Sign) in the village Dubrovitsy is a very interesting landmark located near the town Podolsk, around 36 km from Moscow.
Built on the junction of the Desna and Pakhra rivers, the 17th-century orthodox church is famous for its unique architecture, untypical for Russian churches. So untypical that Patriarch Adrian of Moscow refused to sanctify the church (this was done after his death, in the presence of Peter the Great).
The Znamenskaya Church is built of white stone and richly decorated with figures in high relief. The three-level bell tower is topped with a carved golden ‘crown’. Inside, the church is notable for its carved baroque iconostasis, beautiful choirs and Latin inscriptions in the cartouches.
Surrounded by a nice park area, the place is very peaceful and picturesque. Come here to see the amazing symbiosis of Russian Orthodoxy and European architecture! The entrance is free!