Putin will visit the Voskresensky new Jerusalem monastery

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Druginderal in Photobacterium of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin visited the monastery. Archival photoPutin will visit the Voskresensky new Jerusalem monastery© RIA Novosti / Alexei Druginderal the image Bank

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday will visit the Voskresensky new Jerusalem monastery in Istra situated near Moscow and inspected the complex of monastic buildings after an extensive renovation.

The head of state will come to the monastery, after an extensive renovation, which was funded by the Charitable Foundation, established in 2008. According to the press service of the Kremlin, during this time, restored 29 of the 31 object of the ensemble of the new Jerusalem monastery.

The event will be attended by the co-chairs of the Charitable Foundation: Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill and Chairman of the Board Viktor Zubkov.

Male Voskresensky new Jerusalem monastery was founded in 1656 by Patriarch Nikon. According to his plan, in the spirit of the then dominant ideology of «Moscow-the Third Rome», the abode was to be the «New Jerusalem» — a city-temple, the biggest center of the Orthodox world, creating the image of the Holy Land.

The toponymy of the territories of the monastery repeats the names of the Holy places of Palestine, and single-headed cross-domed resurrection Cathedral, which was built from 1650 to 1685 years, created in the image of the main Christian shrines — the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. It was attached to the tent chapel of the Holy Sepulchre, Dormition Church and the underground Church of saints Constantine and Helena. In the Cathedral reproduced likeness of mount Calvary and the cave of the Holy Sepulchre — the place of the three-day burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The monastery was badly damaged during the great Patriotic war. In 1995, he was returned to the Russian Orthodox Church. In July 2008, the monastery was visited by Dmitry Medvedev and Patriarch Alexy II, and then on their initiative was created by the Charity Foundation for restoring the new Jerusalem monastery.

Despite the fact that in the years of the Soviet Union in the late 90s, attempts were made to restore the monastery, its full restoration began only in 2011. The work was supervised by Dmitry Medvedev. In 2016, the renewed monastery was consecrated by the Patriarch.