The Alexander Nevsky temple
Superb acoustics, incense, candles and icons… The Alexander Nevsky temple is a truly unique place in Chelyabinsk. More than a century ago, in 1907, the world-famous architect Alexander Pomerantsev designed a beautiful church in the small provincial town. The style of temple architecture is «Russian-Byzantine».
It took four years to complete the frontage. Chelyabinsk citizens, City Council and Tsar Nicholas II donated sixty thousand rubles to finish the construction.
The Alexander Square (now it is called Aloe pole Park), where the church is situated, became a favorite spot for Chelyabinsk citizens in the early 20th century.
It was the place for first dates. Young couples confessed their love in front of the church. Mothers prayed for protection of their children from pain and illness. In Soviet times the church was closed, but didn't lose its attraction.
In 1986 during the celebration of the 250th anniversary of Chelyabinsk the building was restored. The former church, Illuminated with jasper and marble and a grand organ pipe on its walls. Professionals and artists admitted it one of the best in Europe.
In 2010, the governor of Chelyabinsk region decided to return the temple to the Russian Orthodox Church.
- The Alexander Nevsky temple was built in first decade of the 20th century by the architect Alexander Pomerantsev then it was closed in 1930.
- In 1986 for the 250th anniversary of Chelyabinsk the building was restored and gifted with a unique musical instrument – one of the best organs in Europe.
- In 2010, the building of the Alexander Nevsky temple was returned to the church. On July 8, 2010 the building hosted the first Orthodox liturgy in 80 years. It was decided to transfer the organ pipe to another building.
- The temple is a traditional venue for weddings.
Address: Lenina prospect, Aloe pole ParkTour