Sergius metochion in Jerusalem will be opened after years of restoration

© RIA Novosti / Yana Gabdrakhmanovich compound in Jerusalem. Archival photoSergius metochion in Jerusalem will be opened after years of restoration© RIA Novosti / Yana Gabdrakhmanova

Sergius metochion in Jerusalem, returned to Russia nine years ago, will reopen Tuesday after the restoration, told RIA Novosti Deputy Chairman of the Imperial Orthodox Palestinian society (IOPS) Elena Agapova.

Sergius metochion in Jerusalem was built in the late nineteenth century at the expense of IOPS and its founder, Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich Romanov. Was the Management of all households, schools and hospitals be established in Syria and Palestine.

In IOPS note that the choice of the date for the opening of the St. Sergius monastery after restoration was not accidental. «On this day the Russian Orthodox Church reveres memory of St. Sergius of Radonezh, the patron of Grand Duke Sergius Alexandrovich, first Deputy Chairman of the IOPS. The eighteenth of July is also a day of remembrance (his wife) Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna, the deceased a Martyr’s death 99 years ago,» explain the organizers of the ceremony.

In the event, as told to the Deputy head of the IOPS, will be attended by the head of the IOPS Sergei Stepashin, Russia’s Ambassador in Israel, Alexander Shein, the mayor of Jerusalem NIR Barkat, the Israeli Ministers, representatives of cultural and business community of this country.

In 1964 the building of a farmstead became part of the so-called «orange deal» — the USSR gave Israel the property in exchange for oranges and textiles. After the Soviet Union began long and difficult negotiations on the return of the building in the Russian property. The talks were attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose visit to Israel in 2005, as noted in the IOPS, gave a huge impetus to the process of restitution. In the end, 28 Dec 2008 the Israeli authorities returned to the building, despite the protests of some members of the Knesset.

The restoration of the metochion of the Russian government has allocated $ 10 million. Work began after in 2012 left him the last Israeli government agencies.

The Imperial Orthodox Palestine society — the oldest in Russia scientific and humanitarian non-governmental organization established by decree of Emperor Alexander III in 1882. The company carries out humanitarian, educational, peacekeeping and scientific missions aimed at the preservation of spiritual ties of Russia with the Holy land, the heritage of Russian Palestine, the strengthening of the Russian Orthodox presence in the biblical region.


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