Church of the Pokrov on the Nerli (Церковь Покрова на Нерли,). The Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin on the Nerl River is a potent symbol of medieval Russia, commissioned by Andrei Bogolyubsky in the 12th century. It's situated at the confluence of Nerl and Klyazma Rivers in Bogolyubovo, Suzdalsky District, Vladimir Oblast. During the spring floods, church appeared to be floating on water.
High quality polychrome enamel on copper plaque circa 1973. An unusual presentation in a full copper bead surround frame and a copper bar hanger. Overall near fine. Approximately 5¼" x 7¼". 1 only.
These types of Russian souvenirs were made with the support of The All-Russian Society for the Protection of Monuments of History and Culture, or VOOPIIK (Всероссийское общество охраны памятников истории и культуры (ВООПИиК)) - a public organization, which was established in the RSFSR in 1965 and continues to work in modern-day Russia. One of its production centers, in Moscow, was the Экспериментальный творческо-производственный комбинат Всероссийского общества охраны памятников истории и культуры «Русский сувенир» (ЭТПК). These Experimental Production Plants made the ubiquitous pins known as "znachki", as well as many Olympic souvenirs.