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The largest Orthodox church in the world will be built in the territory of the female monastery dedicated to the "Bread Dispenser" icon of the Mother of God. This cathedral should be capable of gathering nearly 40,000 faithful within its walls.
The starets of the monastery, Igumen Sergiy (Romanov), announced the project. He is an almost legendary and rather mysterious character, with links to many Russian public figures: the Duma deputy Natalja Poklonskaja (ex-Crimean prosecutor), the hockey champion Pavel Datsjuk, the singer Aleksandr Novikov, and others, including several entrepreneurs and oligarchs, all ready to finance the grandiose project.
Construction - Fr - Ilja - Nozdin - Father
Its construction was commissioned by Fr. Ilja Nozdin, spiritual father of the Patriarch Kirill of Moscow. It will be financed by some spiritual sons of the starets Sergij Romanov. The church already attracts many Chinese. It is an Orthodox outpost on the outskirts of Asia. It will rise in the area where the family of Tsar Nicholas II was killed. It could become the largest pilgrimage destination in all of Russia.
Zhanna Rjabtseva revealed some details of the building plan. Ryabtseva is president of the regional parliament in Sverdlovsk, the Ekaterinburg area, and also a parishioner of Father Sergiy. He states that the idea of this super-church was approved directly by another famous Igumen, father Ilja (Nozdrin), spiritual father of Kirill, the Patriarch of Moscow. The church will be dedicated to Sofia (Divine Wisdom) and is planned to reach 77 meters in height (252 feet tall), with a dome 22 meters (72 feet) high and 33 meters (108 feet) in diameter.
Complex - Naves - Churches - Thousand - Meters
The entire complex will be arranged in three large naves and will contain two churches, a lower one of 11 thousand square meters (118,000 square feet) for 20 thousand people, and an upper church of 6.5 thousand square meters (70,000 square feet) for over 18...
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