A Church for the Feast of the Baptism of Rus’

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On 28th of July, 2023, the feast of the holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Grand Prince Vladimir and the 1035th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus’, the Church of the holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Prince Vladimir will open on the embankment of the Moskva River in the innovative quarter of the Tushino district of Moscow. It will be at the centre of the new church complex, according to the website of the Russian Orthodox Church.

The church is fifty-eight metres (up to the cross) in height. Inside it is traditionally divided into three parts: a porch, a nave and a sanctuary.

The architectural ensemble also includes a cultural and exhibition centre, a free-standing bell-tower and a chapel. A picturesque park will be laid out around it, forming a single stylistic space with the church grounds.

One of the main adornments of the church is extensive mosaic panels on the facade of the central building reflecting the history of the Russian Orthodox Church which spans over 1,000 years, starting from the historic moment when Prince Vladimir chose the faith up to the restoration of desecrated cathedrals, monasteries and churches in the late twentieth and the early twenty-first centuries.

There will be figures of the holy equal-to-the-Apostles Prince Vladimir and Princess Olga at the main (western) entrance to the church. On the east side, in the central niche, an icon of the Most Holy Trinity will be installed, flanked by figures of the holy Right-Believing Prince Dimitry Donskoy and the Venerable Euphrosyne of Moscow. The Right-Believing Princes Alexander Nevsky and Daniel of Moscow will be depicted in the side niches around the north portal. And in the side niches around the south portal – the holy Princes and Passion-Bearers Boris and Gleb on one side and the Right-Believing Prince Andrei Bogolyubsky on the other.

The author of the design of the Spiritual and Cultural Centre is Sergei Tchoban, a Russian and German architect, artist, honorary member of the Russian Academy of Arts and the Association of German Architects (BDA).

The author of the sculpture of the holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Grand Prince Vladimir is Alexander Rukavishnikov, a People’s Artist of the Russian Federation and a full member of the Russian Academy of Arts.

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