All residents of Smolensk know the beautiful temple of new martyrs and Confessors of Russia - the first newly built temple in Smolensk for almost two centuries.
The temple was built with the blessing and active participation of Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, now his Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia, the place was chosen densely populated industrial district of Smolensk: the temple was decided to erect in the center of the Park named after the 1100th anniversary of Smolensk. Initially, on the site of the construction site of a wooden Church in honor of the Origin of the Honest trees of the life-giving cross of the Lord, now before our eyes appears a snow-white Church with five domes, symbolizing the Lord God and the four apostles-evangelists. The Foundation stone of the temple was laid in 1994, and in 2001 the construction was completed.
For Smolensk, the consecration of the new Church was an event comparable to the reconstruction of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow.
A distinctive feature of the temple is that it is two-level. The upper Church, consecrated in honor of the Holy new Martyrs and Confessors of The Russian Church, is famous for its beautiful four-tiered iconostasis: gilded carvings on a red background, icons of the second row with images of the suffering of the cross and the Resurrection of the Savior remind of the significance of martyrdom, blood shed for faith, and the Resurrection of Christ. The altar walls of the temple are decorated with frescoes in the old Russian style, made on a blue background, symbolizing the sky.
In the lower Church, consecrated in honor of the origin of the Honest trees of the life-giving cross of the Lord, is the only baptistery in Smolensk for the baptism of adults full immersion.
Since the construction of the temple is the center of spiritual unity of the inhabitants of Smolensk. The Church has established a spiritual and educational center, which includes a Sunday school for people with disabilities, a club for the deaf and hard of hearing "Glas", family and youth clubs. Weekly in the temple, divine services are conducted in sign language.
Do not be confused that the Church of the Holy new Martyrs and Confessors of The Russian Church is not located in the Central part of the city. It can be reached by any means of transport from Victory square in just 15 minutes. Not only the temple itself, but also a cozy temple area will allow you to stay in silence among the bustling city. In the evenings, the temple is illuminated and resembles a snow-white ship: all residents and tourists can enjoy its beauty and grandeur.