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« on: October 04, 2003, 03:42:32 PM »

Flat pack church for Russian workers
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            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
the church.

      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
Russian churches.

      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

            Yevgeniy Morozov
      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
together.

      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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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3154956.stm

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« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2003, 11:45:15 AM »

cool...  does anyone know if any other churches, denominations, jurisdicitons, sects, cults, etc have any religious structures down there?
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« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2003, 12:44:07 PM »

cool...  does anyone know if any other churches, denominations, jurisdicitons, sects, cults, etc have any religious structures down there?

Well, according to a Vatican press release, the "Order of White Wimpled Penguins" had an open air chapel there first, and thus, this is established Papal territory.... Lips Sealed

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« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2003, 11:00:40 AM »

HAHAHAHA!  I hope that was meant as a joke Hypo, if not, well, sorry.  :-)
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« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2003, 11:23:56 AM »

HAHAHAHA!  I hope that was meant as a joke Hypo, if not, well, sorry.  :-)

It was meant as a tongue-in-cheek joke  Tongue, ania.  At one time the Vatican arbitrarily drew a line on a map of South America to divide it between the Spaniards and the Portuguese.  The Portuguese got Brazil while the Spaniards got the rest.  Maybe that arbitrary line will now be intrepreted to go further south to include Antartica as well?  Who knows! Huh

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