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Russia's easternmost Orthodox temple to be built on Bering Island

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  • Nina Tkachuk Dimas
    http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=27080 10-27-2008  [Translated from Russian]    Russia s easternmost Orthodox temple to be built on Bering
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      10-27-2008  [Translated from Russian]
      Russia's easternmost Orthodox temple to be built on Bering Island 

      Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. October 27. INTERFAX - Russia's easternmost Orthodox temple will be built on Bering Island (Commander Islands). 

      Currently there is no temple on the Commanders although Orthodox Orthodoxy has been here nearly two centuries. The first church on  Bering Island appeared at the beginning of the XIX century, Interfax learned from Father Viktor, the priest-in-charge of the Church of St. Nicholas in the village of Nikolsky, located on the archipelago. 

      Founded Gregory Shelehov and Nikolai Rezanov in 1799 the Russian-American Company delivered four churches by sea --to the Commander Islands, the Aleutians and to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. The Church of SS Nicholas and Innocent  on Bering Island was dedicated to St. Nicholas the Miracle Worker, the heavenly protector of sailors and fishermen and to St. Innocent of Irkutsk, Enlightener of Siberia.

      Complete data on the history of the church are not preserved. The earliest metrical books stored in the archives are dated 1902.  In the 1890s a new temple was built here, but it was closed after the October Revolution and the building was first turned into a first village club, and then - a dormitory. In 1983, the building burned down.

      Now the temple will be built on another spot since the old village where St. Nicholas Church was located is in a tsunami-prone zone. It is planned that the new building, 15 meters long and 10 meters wide, will be built of wood in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, later disassembled and delivered by maritime transport to the Commanders. The temple will be set in the heart of Nikolski, where it will be the first greet vessels approching the island.
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