ROC wants to hold services in the temple gate the Golden gate in Vladimir

© RIA Novosti / Maxim to Aminopherase in photobacteria gate. VladimirROC wants to hold services in the temple gate the Golden gate in Vladimir© RIA Novosti / Maxim to Aminopherase the image Bank

The Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) want to worship at the temple gate the Position of Reese virgin, which is part of the Golden gate in Vladimir. In this case the ROC does not claim to themselves the Golden gate and in their exposition, told RIA Novosti on Tuesday, the Secretary of the Vladimir diocese for external Church relations Archpriest Evgeny Lipatov.

Earlier in the meeting in the Ministry of culture of the Russian Federation Director of the Vladimir-Suzdal Museum-reserve Igor Konyshev said that in 2017 for consideration in Federal property management Agency has received bids from ROC on some objects of the Museum, including the Golden Gate in Vladimir.

Petition of the inhabitants of the region

On hearing this, the local residents created a petition to hold a referendum on the fate of cultural heritage.

«Golden gate is the symbol of Vladimir, and our common heritage. Therefore, in consideration of the transfer of the Church should attend all vladimirec. For this we propose to hold a regional referendum, which will decide the fate of this monument,» — said in the petition.

According to information on the website of the Museum, the Golden gate — a rare monument of ancient Russian fortification. The building is constructed of white stone in the XII century in Vladimir by Prince Andrei Bogolyubsky as the main combat and entrance tower of the new fortress, created by. The complex includes the Church, the Position of Reese virgin Mary — a miniature variation of the white stone Church. In 1238 the Golden gate has withstood the onslaught of the Mongol Horde. At the Golden gate is the Military-historical composition, Central to which is a diorama of «the Decisive assault of Vladimir by troops of Batu Khan February 7, 1238».

«If you pass the Golden gate of the Church we may lose this Museum,» the fear of the authors of the petition.

To resume worship services

«We have applied for is not the Golden gate as a fortification of the ancient city, and the use of the gate of the temple, in the complex of the Golden gate. We asked to see the ability to hand it over to the Vladimir diocese to commit in it of divine services and religious activities,» — said Lipatov RIA Novosti.

He noted that located in the Golden gate exposition so there will be.

«We do not claim it. We are not suggesting that the Museum was evicted from there. The only thing we ask is to move the diorama. We ask, if possible, to Museum this small diorama made from the altar part of the Church and gave the Church the opportunity to return the Church to its historic appearance. And that the temple had fulfilled its direct function, was a place of prayer. All the rest and premises, and the Golden gate remain with the Museum,» said FR.

Lipatov stressed that the temple is the Position of Reese virgin will be in the joint use of the Museum and the Church.

«We have a very good experience at the Uspensky Cathedral in Vladimir, which we use in conjunction with the Museum — we defined the time for worship, and we commit this time of service. And there is the Museum when guided tours», — the interlocutor told.

He added that in region there are several examples of joint use of churches by Church and museums.

«And we always tell the Museum that we are ready to find a compromise solution of joint use in museums and in churches,» said the priest.

Meanwhile, at a meeting in the Ministry of culture, Director of the Vladimir-Suzdal Museum-reserve Igor Konyshev expressed concern that «frequent service and large number of fumes, in particular, from candles», have a negative impact on the famous frescoes of Andrei Rublev, which was recently restored.

«I will tell you that the service in the Dormition Cathedral are only on a Saturday night, Sunday morning and the twelve Great feasts. That is not more than twice a week,» — said Lipatov, adding that to worship come to hundreds of people, while the flow passing through the Cathedral, tourists in the thousands.

According to him, when the Museum asked the Church to reduce the number of worship services, the diocese did. And recently, the Museum administration was asked to reduce the number of candles.

«We heard the request of the Museum. Candles do not burn in nepogashennoi time. The number of candlesticks in the Museum will be no more than 10 pieces, and there are 30-40 candles. So many candles that we never burn at the same time. So to say that this candle is to blame the fact that or the believers who come and breathe more than other visitors, in my opinion, not quite right,» — said Lipatov.