The Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Palekh, Lenina Street, 16
The main church in Palekh was built with people's money in 1762-1774.
The exterior design of the church catches your eye with Naryshkin Baroque style architecture, and the interiors surprise the visitors with murals created and restored by famous Palekh masters. According to art historians, these are the latest murals in the world created in the tradition of Old Russian fresco paintings.
In the twentieth century the church served as a branch of the Palekh Art Museum. It was one of the rare places where it was allowed to openly display icons as examples of "pre-revolutionary art". As a result, the interior decoration remained intact. Even the carved royal doors have been preserved, allowing us to see a unique monument of decorative Orthodox art of the sixteenth century.