First Norilsk church built instead of fire tower and market
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First Norilsk church built instead of fire tower and market

June 28, 2021

In the early 1990s, it was decided to establish the first orthodox church in Norilsk.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The architect Fyodor Usov designed the notable building of the fire station for four motor vehicles. There was an inscription visible from afar – “Call 01 about the fire”. The city market was behind it. Private traders sold various deficits there – from meat and fruits to cameras and jeans.

In the early 1990s, the fire tower was demolished. The market moved to a new building on Nansen street. Therefore, it was decided to build the first orthodox church in Norilsk at the crossroads.

It was this place that was consecrated on July 7, 1991 by Bishop Anthony of Krasnoyarsk and Yenisey, and there a church was laid in honor of the Mother of God image Joy of All Who Sorrow.

A cross was set at the place where the first stone was laid. Evidence of this event can be seen even now: on the front of the cathedral, on its altar side, there is a small plaque with the inscription: “This church was founded in honor and memory of the icon Joy of All Who Sorrow in the summer of 1991.VII.7 AD…

However, the first to be built was another church – the Nativity of John the Baptist.

Its construction was completed in 1994 as the first stage of the church complex. In 1995, the Christmas service took place within the new walls. In addition, the main building of the complex was commissioned in 1997.

The Joy of All Who Sorrow Cathedral, designed for 800 people, was given the status of a cathedral.

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Text: Svetlana Samohina, Photo: Nornickel Polar Division archive

June 28, 2021

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