Friday, 10 February 2017

Yesterday We Made Mention Of Snow Hotels,

and featured a snow theatre,

then today we have read about a snow church, Alexander Batyokhtin, a 41-year-old man from the Siberian village of Sosnovka, spent six weeks shaping around 12 cubic meters of fresh snow into a three-meter high church, there is no real church in Sosnovka, or in any of the nearby villages, the nearest place of worship is in the city of Omsk many miles away, an impossible distance for the sick and the elderly, Alexander a construction engineer by trade decided to remedy this and was determined to offer Sosnovka a place to celebrate Christmas and Epiphany in properly, 

the locals were so thrilled to finally have their own church, that they all brought icons and crosses to decorate its walls and altar, Alexander sees their gesture as the biggest miracle, He simply went home one day, and when he returned, the church was full of icons, some of them brought from as far as Spain or Jerusalem, word about the snow church spread, the only one in Russia’s Azov region, more and more people came by to see it for themselves, both Alexander and his fellow villagers have been overwhelmed by the attention, even though that just like the church, it’s only temporary,

and here is the incredibly good news, News of the snow church has even reached the bishop of Azov, who congratulated Batyokhtin on his work and drawing attention to the fact that there are no churches in that area of Siberia, hopefully, work on a real church will begin in spring, he said.

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