«Saving up for a house, given to the temple.» As office workers and pensioners to save the Shrine of the North

© RIA Novosti / Anton Sciponoceras huts of the XIX century in the village of Kurovskaya«Saving up for a house, given to the temple.» As office workers and pensioners to save the Shrine of the North© RIA Novosti / Anton Skripunov

Wooden churches of the Russian North save from destruction the most common residents of cities: students, pensioners. In the framework of the project «Common cause» they work absolutely free of charge, volunteering their time and often spending their own money. Do not stop them and the harsh climatic conditions to any other facility you have to go through the forest twenty kilometers, overcomes the marsh midges… the Correspondent of RIA Novosti, went to volunteer in a remote Karelian village Kubovsky to understand why and how they are reviving the ancient shrines.

«The woman we participated in a hike on the tundra, offered to go to rebuild the temple. And just a couple of days after returning from the tundra, I went with her to Podporozh’ye. Didn’t even know where it is and what I’ll do there,» laughs Marina.

Vladimirskaya Church in Nahodka with her to put in order the Muscovite Alexander Egorov. For him, it was also the first trip. And now a few months later they help to restore the Church of the Three hierarchs here in Kurovskoe.

Before to go on the expedition, Alexander studied at the courses of carpentry — they are open to everyone in the Moscow Church of St. Seraphim of Sarov in Reeve.

Preservation of the temples, explains father Alex, is strictly upon agreement with the Ministry of culture and under the supervision of specialists. Work in Kurovskoe, for example, oversees the leading expert of service account and storage of immovable monuments of the state Museum-reserve «Kizhi» Alexander Tregubov.

«Our task is to preserve this Church for future generations. Here we are now, close it up and thus for another five to ten years to extend his life. At the moment it is a way to preserve the monument of culture without spending a lot of time and money,» explains Tregubov.

Work on the preservation of the Church in Dubovskoy took about a week. Could be less, if not for the constant rain. But the team managed to put a horse — a large wooden beam on the roof. In addition, the first time in decades on the roof of the temple came a cross.

«Why should we? I want to do something useful, to make a difference,» says Muscovite Nikolay Goncharov.

 

«The state is not physically able to restore. Theoretically this will require about 300 years. But this time, as you know, from the wooden monuments will be nothing left,» explains FR.

However, in the «Common case» recognized that the inhabitants of those villages where they arrive, does not always treat this with understanding. To them it is strange to see people, some of whom are students and pensioners, who at his own expense come North and spend your time on some decrepit houses, to which dozens of years nobody cared.

But over time, the ratio of local change. They also somehow begin to participate in the revival of the shrines of the Russian North. Alexis leads a wonderful example.

«We have restored the temple in abandoned village of Yar’ Mezensky district. In the village, located 40 kilometers from the temple, the local priest, a woman came and brought money. She had been saving to buy an apartment in the city to move to,» recalls Alexis. The woman told the priest: «I saw in the village Muscovites rebuild the temple. I want to donate the money for the rebuilding of the temple in our village.»

© RIA Novosti / Anton Scrupulosity to strengthen the façade of the Church in the village of Kurovskoe«Saving up for a house, given to the temple.» As office workers and pensioners to save the Shrine of the North© RIA Novosti / Anton Scrupulosity to strengthen the façade of the Church in the village of Kurovskoe

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