Flat pack church for Russian workers
The journey to the South Pole will take more than two months
The Russian Orthodox church is so concerned about the spiritual
well-being of workers in Antarctica that it is sending them a flat pack
church and a priest.
A group of Siberian architects won a national competition to design
They built it out of Altay cedar wood, which is considered a precious
material, and incorporated 30 types of timber into it - a feature of old
The church was then dismantled and its different parts numbered and
transported to the Kaliningrad port.
It took five cars nine days to reach the port, and the parts are now
being loaded onto a ship bound for the Antarctic.
The Orthodox Church has decided to show some concern for their
souls and build this little church
It will be more than two months before it reaches its final
destination, the Bellingshausen research station on King George Island.
The church's architects will then fly there to help put it back
Yevgeniy Morozov, who is heading the expedition to the south, said the
church would provide extra support for workers there, who usually have only
themselves to rely on.
He said up to 64 people working in the area have died since Russia
started occupying the region.
"So the Orthodox Church has decided to show some concern for their
souls and build this little church."
Aleksiy II, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, has given the project
his blessing and Father Georgy, who has 20 years of experience in the Polar
regions, will conduct the services in Antarctica.
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