The Temple of St. Seraphim of Sarov in Beloozyorsk
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The Temple of St. Seraphim of Sarov is located in the central part of Beloozyorsk town (Beryoza district, Brest region), at the intersection of Mira Ave and Lenin St. The construction of this brick building under the project of the architect Leonid Makarevich took the period since 1992 to 1995. The sanctity is located in Mira Ave, 3/10 of the Belarusian “town of power engineers”.
The architectural features of the Temple of St. Seraphim of Sarov
The building is designed in the stylized forms of Old Russian church folk architecture. It presents a centric building in the form of a quadrangle having fine vertically elongated proportions and a picturesque silhouette that create a unique look of the five-domed temple.
The central onion dome finishes the octangular dome drum with arched windows. This construction is a popular element of the temples, thanks to which the inner space is evenly lit with the sun rays.
The corner “apostolic” domes are finished by the small towers rising above the facade. The architectural distinctiveness of the temple is achieved by means of rhythmically complex arched daylight openings. The small porch and aisles are decorated with three divided parts of a wall with onion domes, it means, with vertical frontal surfaces separated by pilasters or lesenes.
The high entry porch is finished with a keel-shaped canopy. The exterior of the building impresses a spectator with its majesty and softness of outlines.
Some facts of the history of the Temple of St. Seraphim of Sarov
It was originally planned that the construction of the building would be funded by church people. The quick depreciation of the raised money due to the tough economic environment in the country forced to reach out to the top management of the town-forming enterprises. Thanks to their contributions, the construction of the local sanctity was finished in record time for the Belarusian folk architecture.
The site for the temple construction was consecrated by the bishop of Brest and Cobrin Constantine. Three months later, Archpriest George Shevtsov became the first senior priest of the future temple. The church people remembered such character features of that man as vast selflessness and efficiency, self-devotion to service, great humanity and kindness, but also firmness of judgment in the matters of faith.
The lower temple was consecrated in 1993. There was built a two-tier cross-shaped temple at the basement of the construction less than the year later. It was distinctive for its design in Old Russian style with elements of the architectural Byzantine tradition.
The upper temple was consecrated by Exarch Patriarch of all Belarus Filaret on 30 January 1994. The Father George brought the main sanctity from Jerusalem in august of the same year. It was an icon with power of St. Seraphim of Sarov. Since June of 1995, the iconostasis has been ornamented by 72 icons made in the Tver School of Church Crafts. The iconostases of the temples were consecrated by Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Alexey II on 26 July 1995.
A Sunday school and a library function at the temple. The sanctity is one of the most famous tourist attractions of Brest region.