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Temple-Lighthouse of St. Nikolaos of Myra

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City of Crimea: Alushta
Adress: Republic of Crimea, Alushta, Malorechenskoe, Dizha st., 17
Coordinates: 44.756467,34.565612
Type of tourists point: Churches and cathedrals

Republic of Crimea,  Alushta,  Malorechenskoe, Dizha st., 17

+7 (978) 879-56-52, +7 (36560) 3-34-72, 3-19-05


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This architectural marvel of the Black Sea coast is the church of St. Nicholas of Myra. Construction of the temple began in 2004 with the support of Russian and Ukrainian sponsors, and already 15 May 2007, His Beatitude Metropolitan Volodymyr together with Metropolitan of Simferopol and Crimean Lazarus and the Archbishop of Lvov and Galicia Augustine performed the rite of consecration of the church. Currently, there are services and the temple opened for all comers.

The architect of the temple project was Anatoly Gaydamak. According to him, Malorechenskoe village acquired a unique architectural structure, admired for its beauty and grandeur. The total height of the temple is 60 meters, but settled on a steep bank, the construction seems to be hovering above the sea surface as a beacon for all of the lost, seeking and suffering. The mentioning of the lighthouse there is no accident, it is not just a metaphor, it is the second interesting fact. The dome of the church of St. Nicholas made of gilded bowl, inside which there exists lighthouse equipment, giving a ray of hope to all, lost in the sea. And it is very symbolic, because the church was built as a monument to all those who died in the waters.

The temple is named (and in church terms it is consecrated) in honor of St. Nicholas of Myra, with whom are associated numerous legends about saved sailors during storms and shipwrecks. Nicholas is considered to be the closest to God-the patron saint of people, as well as the patron saint of sailors, children and anyone else who needs help.

Everywhere you can see the image of the cross. Thus, the facades of the temple at the top form the four crosses, each of which has mosaic tiled images of Athos Mother of God, St. Nicholas of Myra, Yaroslavl Orans "Sign" and the Virgin-cover, made in Byzantine technique. The spherical dome of the temple is also crowned with a cross, but not simple, but the equilateral Greek, or as it is also called, heraldic. The doors of the temple, made by wood carving craftsmen, are cross-decorated with an abundance.

The basis of the wooden ornament is St. Andrew's cross – the symbol of the martyrdom of the Apostle Andrew. This saint, as well as St. Nicholas of Myra, is the patron saint of marine trade, fishermen and sailors. It is no coincidence that Peter I used the St. Andrew's cross as the basis of the Navy flag. Inside the church you can admire the most beautiful iconostasis in the shape of a cross, made of wood and covered with gold leaf. Looking at the interior of the church of St. Nicholas of Myra, its frescoes of biblical themes, mosaic floors of granite in different colors, stained glass windows, you will find still quite a few images of crosses.

Church of St. Nicholas is not only a place of worship, a lighthouse, but museum. It is part of the memorial complex "To the memory of victims on the waters." The complex includes an arbor in the form of "Flying Dutchman", a memorial wall and the Museum of accidents on the water, located in the basement of the temple. Church of St. Nicholas in Malorechenskoye is really worth visiting, and maybe you will find out even more interesting facts about this amazing place.



Republic of Crimea,  Alushta,  Malorechenskoe, Dizha st., 17

+7 (978) 879-56-52, +7 (36560) 3-34-72, 3-19-05


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