The restoration of the Archangel Cathedral in Ryazan Kremlin has been completed, as reported by the press service of the Ryazan Diocese. Specialists spent over a year restoring the spire and cross, damaged by a hurricane in 2021. They were cleaned from dirt and rust and then regilded.
According to the diocese, the spire with the cross was installed on the cathedral back in the mid-19th century, over 170 years ago. It has long been in need of restoration. The gilding had been almost completely lost, and the surfaces of the spire and cross were covered with oxide in the form of rust, as well as layers of dirt.
The reason for the recent restoration was the hurricane wind that damaged the building in December 2021. It blew off the rusty spire, and both the spire and the cross were damaged by metal sheets. However, with the restoration of the spire, the cathedral has once again regained its historical appearance.
The Archangel Cathedral is one of the oldest surviving structures in the Ryazan region, dating back over five hundred years. The first mention of the cathedral dates back to the late 15th century. In the Middle Ages, it served as the domestic church of the great Ryazan princes. In 1521, after Ryazan joined the Moscow principality, the church became part of the residence of the head of the Ryazan diocese and the burial place of local Orthodox hierarchs.
During its existence, the temple was rebuilt and modified several times. The modern appearance of the temple was acquired in the 1860s when it was rebuilt and repainted in an academic tradition. Some of these paintings have survived to the present day. After the revolution, in 1919, the cathedral was closed. In the 1930s, it housed a scientific local history repository with a reading room, and since the early 1980s, the temple's premises have housed an exhibition of church art from the Ryazan Museum. In 2011, the Archangel Cathedral was returned to the Ryazan Diocese, and an episcopal museum was established there.
Today, the Archangel Cathedral houses a collection of ancient icons. The most revered icon in the Archangel Cathedral is the miraculous icon of Theotokos Feodorovskaya ("Odigitriya Ryazanskaya"). In 1225, even before the Mongol conquest, Bishop Muromsky and Ryazan Ephrosin brought this icon to Ryazan from Mount Athos.