The main temple of the Russian Armed Forces will be built in the park "Patriot"
In the park, "Patriot", located in the Odintsovo district near Moscow, will soon appear unusual Orthodox church - the military. The project is presented at the board of the Ministry of Defense under the official name "The main temple of the Russian Armed Forces." In fact, this is a memorial, in which it will be possible not only to pray but also to honor the memory of Fatherland Defenders. The temple is supposed to be really popular, because it will be erected on the Russians donations.
The combination of old and new architecture
The new church, which was conceived creators, will combine both traditions that are used in the construction of the great architects of ancient Russia, and modern architectural solutions. On the one hand, the building is designed in the Russian Byzantine style, and as a material selected natural limestone, which is very typical of the famous ancient churches.
On the other hand, dome and vaults of the temple are decorated with stained-glass toughened glazing. A combination of bronze with green - an allusion to the official colors of Russian Armed Forces. In the design of the facade will be present natural stone and carved stone ornamentation.
As a result, the building should have an incredibly beautiful, monumental and at the same time graceful and easy.
The shape of the cross-shaped temple is designed with five domes and, of course, it will have a belfry. Overall height - 95 m, and the total area - about 11 thousand square meters.. The building can accommodate about 6000 people.
In each of the armed forces - a holy
In the main temple there are several military chapels. Each of them - in honor of the patron saint of a particular kind of troops. Thus, it is generally believed that the Saint Alexander Nevsky protects those who serve in the Army, the prophet Elijah helps soldiers aerospace forces and paratroopers, Andrew - loyal assistant seafarers and Barbara - those who serve in the missile troops. The central altar of the main temple Russian military will be built in honor of the Resurrection of the Lord.
In addition to the chapels in the church of the Armed Forces of the intended audience for a regimental father, methodical center, halls for lectures and conferences, as well as various utility rooms.
The regimental temples - long Russian tradition of
since the time of Peter at every military unit had its own priest and a temple in tsarist Russia. Of course, at first it was not in the full sense of the word-building temples and mobile church tent or a small room in the regimental barracks. But then in Russia began to build and complete stone or wooden temples.
Especially active are the temples were built after the war in 1812 - tend to perpetuate the heroism of a division, showed a special heroism, and thank God and the saints for the victory. In other words, the church had two tasks simultaneously - and a memorial, and nourished.
As such example is the temple of the Life Guards Chasseur Regiment, was erected in honor of the martyr Miron in St. Petersburg. The Battle of Leipzig, in which regiment the soldiers showed heroism, occurred on the very day of this saint.
Often in these temples are stored extracted from the enemy trophies and other artifacts associated with military events and the heroic fighters. Also in the military church usually you can see the banners, awards, historical documents, and even uniforms. Thus such a regimental church are not only a place for prayer, but also a kind of military museum.
uniform, which was on the Emperor Alexander II at the time of the assassination. /Foto:wikipedia.org For example, in the Holy Transfiguration Cathedral in St. Petersburg since the first half of the last century kept trophies of the war with the Turks, and then and other relics related to the history of the famous Preobrazhensky Regiment. The museum church could even see the parade uniforms of the Russian Tsars and the sword, which was under Alexander II at the time of his murder, with traces of his blood.
Since the middle of last century when the military memorial temples began to make burial especially revered senior military officials, officers and even ordinary (buried, usually in mass graves).
As it is known, in the Kazan Cathedral in the northern capital of the ashes of Kutuzov, and in Sevastopol Vladimirsky Cathedral buried Admirals Kornilov, Lazarev, Nakhimov and Istomin.
Church of the tomb of admirals in Sevastopol. / Photo: sevastopol.su
It is expected that the Russian Chief Military temple revive this tradition of folk memorial cathedrals, and donate money for its construction will be primarily military, sponsors and all who are interested in a unique project.
To get to the park "Patriot" can be by car, following the Minsk highway, or take a train to the station and then Golitsyno reseeding on a minibus.