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Novgorod Architecture / The Church of St Paraskeva Piatnitsa

The Church of St Paraskeva Piatnitsa

The chronicler names among the buildings in the Market Side the Church of St Paraskeva Piatnitsa (1207), located within 30 - 40 metres of St Nicholas. It is a rather unusual structure, especially when viewed against the background of typically Novgorodian churches. This is largely due to a rather complicated treatment of its architectural volumes and inner space: no Novgorodian churches have the same rectangular form of the side apses, nor do they have three side-chapels as St Paraskeva. In addition, its piers, round in cross-section, are likewise an extremely rare feature of 11th-13th century Russian architecture.