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27/09/2011 - 18:41

The temple of Alexander Nevsky

Superb acoustics, incense, candles and icons… the Alexander Nevsky temple is a truly unique place in Chelyabinsk.

Superb acoustics, incense, candles and icons… the Alexander Nevsky temple is a truly unique place in Chelyabinsk. More than a century ago, in 1907, the world-famous architect Alexander Pomerantsev designed a beautiful church in a small provincial town. The style of temple architecture is «Russian-Byzantine».  It took four years to complete the frontage and the construction was completed for sixty thousand rubles donated by Chelyabinsk citizens, City Council and Tsar Nicholas II.

The Alexander Square (now it is called «Aloe pole» or Scarlet Park), where the church is situated,  became a favorite spot  for Cheliabinsk citizens in the early 20th century. It was the place for first dates, in front of the church young couples confessed their love and promised their loyalty. Mothers asked the church to protect their children from pain and illness. In Soviet times the church was closed, but not lose its attraction.

In 1986 during the celebration of the 250th anniversary of Chelyabinsk the building was restored. A former church, Illuminated with jasper and marble and a grand organ in its walls. Professionals and artists declared it to be one of the best in Europe.

In 2010 the governor of Chelyabinsk region Mikhail Yurevich decided to returned the temple to the Russian Orthodox Church.

IMPORTANT FACTS

1. The Alexander Nevsky temple was built in the first decade of the 20th century by the architect Alexander Pomerantsev. It was closed in 1930.

2. In 1986 for the 250th anniversary of Chelyabinsk the building was restored and gifted with a unique musical instrument – one of the best organs in Europe.

3. In 2010, the building of the Alexander Nevsky temple was returned to the church. On July 8, 2010 the building hosted the first Orthodox liturgy in 80 years. It was decided to transfer the organ to another building.

4. The temple is a traditional venue for weddings.

Address: Lenina prospect, «Aloe pole» park

HOW TO GET THERE BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Buses: 4, 15, 64,
Trolleys: 6, 17, 20,
Trolleybuses: 1, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13, 17, 19, 22, 23, 26,
Route taxis: 1, 3, 4A, 5, 8, 9, 12А, 13, 16, 17, 19, 22, 27, 28, 30, 32, 33, 40, 44, 48, 50, 53, 53А, 54, 55, 56, 61, 64, 67, 68, 69, 74, 80, 82, 83, 86, 92, 95, 96, 99.

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