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The church of St. Silouan the Athonite

There was no church in Novaya Lyada before the church of St. Silouan the Athonite was built. Although, the church was in Malaya Talinka village which is now a part of Novaya Lyada. Originally, it was a wooden church. At the beginning of the 19th century Major General I.T. Sazonov whose estate was located nearby built a new stone church in the name of the Intercession of the Mother of God. This church had existed for 10 years until it was closed in the Soviet years. During the World War II it was used as a granary and later on it was completely demolished.   

In 2010 it was decided to build a long-awaited church in Nobaya Lyada settlement. The parishioners had been waiting for it to happen for almost four years. The church was built quite fast but the workers from St. Petersburg took long to finish the paintings inside the church. The church was consecrated in honor of St. Silouan the Athonite who is considered to be as one of the outstanding saints of the 20th century. He was born in Tambov province in 1866. Today the area where he was born is a part of Lipetsk diocese. St. Silouan left Tambov province to travel to the Holy Mount Athos where he had been praying for peace for 46 years.   

This church was the first one to have been consecrated in the name of St. Silouan the Athonite in Tambov land and the first modern church with its walls painted in Old Russian style. The first thing a visitor sees upon entering the church is the entrance room with thousands of details cast in brass. The oak transom iconostasis was carved manually in St. Petersburg. A special type of a natural paint was used for the inside wall paintings. It was applied onto the plastering. Using modern technology, they managed to create a fresco effect. The church paintings were made in academic style. The parishioners can see St. Silouan the Athonite’s hagiography on the walls and admire the unique fresco. The fresco was recreated by the photographs of the murals in Serbian church. The original mural was lost because of the air strikes against Yugoslavian territory. The dome made in Volgodonsk is not overlaid with gold leaf but with more durable nitrotitanium plating.

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