Church of Andrew the Apostle on Vuoksi River

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The Church of Andrew the Apostle , located in the Priozersk district of the Leningrad region , Russia . Standing on a rocky island in the middle of the water on Vuoksa river , Vuoksa is the largest river in the Karelian Isthmus. It is very picturesque and very popular with ecotourism lovers.
The Church of the Apostle Andrew the First-Called on Vuoksa It was designed by the architect Andrei Nikolaevich Rotinov, inspired by the image of the Church of the Ascension in Kolomenskoye. On September 23, 2000, the chapel was consecrated in the name of the Apostle Andrew the First-Called. According to church tradition, Andrew the First-Called visited these parts during his travels and baptized local residents in the river. He is considered the patron saint of fishermen and sailors.
The temple  has a spatial planning scheme, traditional for Russian architecture. The octagon, covered with a tent with a dome on a high drum, is adjoined from the west by a vestibule, and from the east by a rectangular apse, also crowned with domes. There is a legend why the religious building was dedicated in honor of the Apostle Andrew – the patron saint of fishermen and sailors. According to legend, he baptized pagans in the waters here, which  is more a myth than a truth.
For a long time, the island, but which the temple stands, was connected to the coast by a ferry line. Several years ago, a massive bridge was built, breaking the mysterious detachment of this place.
Despite its young age, the shrine is listed in the Guinness Book of Records, because it has no other in the world: it rises on a foundation of monolithic rock. The prototype of the architectural solution was the Church of the Ascension in Kolomenskoye.

Access : Coordinates: 60.877078, 29.825059 / Address: 188765, Leningrad region, Priozersk district, pos. Melnikovo, Kalinin street, building 1a. / From St. Petersburg  drive north along the highway A-121 to the village of Sapernoe, then turn towards Melnikovo at the sign. Soon after the village of Vasilievskoye, and 400 m after the bus stop “4th km” there will be an exit to the parking lot. You should walk another 200 m to the river and the temple.

Highlights :

  •  The church is assigned to the Konevskaya church in the village of Sapernoe. The church is active, services are held on schedule. By prior arrangement, christening and wedding ceremonies are performed in the church.
  •  Despite its relatively young age, the temple has already managed to get into the Guinness Book of Records. It was recognized as the only church in the world built on a small island, the foundation of which is a monolithic rock protruding from the water.
  •  The temple is open to the public on weekends from 12 to 17 hours. Patronal feast – December 13. The sacraments of Baptism and Wedding are held in the temple. Divine services in the temple are held according to a special schedule, mainly in summer.
  •  The temple  has a spatial planning scheme, traditional for Russian architecture. The octagon, covered with a tent with a dome on a high drum, is adjoined from the west by a vestibule, and from the east by a rectangular apse, also crowned with domes.

Activities : sightseeing / You can not only take pictures of this incredible architectural structure from all angles, but also get to the service in the temple.

Go next : Vasilyevo  a village in the Melnikovsky rural settlement of the Priozersky district of the Leningrad region. / Priozersk , a city in Russia, the administrative center of the Priozersk district of the Leningrad region.

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