CAPSULE PLACED IN SPOT OF NICHOLAS' ABDICATION AS FOUNDATION OF CHURCH IN EMPEROR'S MEMORY
Interfax-Religiia, 14 March 2017
In the city of Dno, Pskov province, from where in 1917 the train carrying the last monarch of the Russian empire was diverted to Pskov, where he abdicated the throne, a capsule was placed in the foundation of the future church on Tuesday.
As the press service of the regional administration reported, a capsule with a letter to heirs was placed in the foundation of the church in memory of Nicholas II and his family.
"Emperor Nicholas loved his people, and God, and he did not betray in the difficult moment the Russian people and the fatherland. We are laying this blessed charter on the spot of the start of his passion-bearing path," Metropolitan of Pskov and Porkhovsk Evsevy noted during the ceremony.
The new church of the Holy Tsarist Passion-bearers will be built near the railway station of the city of Dno. Local residents acted as the initiators of the construction. Originally it was planned to build a small wooden chapel, but with the blessing of Patriarch Kirill the decision was made to build a stone church.
According to plans, the construction will take about a year. It will be designed in the Russian style with a golden, bulbous cupola and belfry with nine bells. The exterior walls are made from red bricks and the interior will be decorated with paintings. (tr. by PDS, posted 15 March 2017)
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