St Andrew Anglican Church in Moscow, built in 1882, a ten-minute walk from the Kremlin, a little bit of England in the centre of Russia
The building of the St Andrew Anglican parish church in Moscow is in need of urgent repairs, without which it threatens to collapse in the next 20 years, wrote the British newspaper, The Sunday Telegraph. The newspaper pointed up the fact that the church of St Andrew in the centre of Moscow is the only functioning Anglican church on the territory of the former Soviet Union. It has about 150 parishioners, mostly employees of British organisations in Moscow and their families. The church is a symbol of the 450-year history of Anglicanism in Moscow, and is the only building in Russia built in the Victorian Neo-Gothic style that was current at the end of the 19th century.
The building, which survived shelling during the fighting in Moscow during the Revolution, was used in the Soviet era as a recording studio by the firm Melodiya because of its excellent acoustics, is now faced with a more mundane, but, no less dangerous threat, sagging foundations, dry rot, and structural cracks. The rector of the parish, Fr Simon Stephens, who was previously a chaplain in the British Royal Navy, and the head of the Moscow parish for the last nine years, fears that the building shall not survive another 20 years, if not its renovation is not started immediately, the total cost of which is estimated at 8 million dollars (232.423 million roubles. 5.67 million euros. 5.455 million UK pounds).
“The Church shall not fall down tomorrow, but, we cannot wait any longer. In recent years, we have conducted extensive cosmetic repairs, but, now we need to urgently embark on the structural restoration of the building”, Fr Simon said in an interview with The Sunday Telegraph. “We really need to raise money for the next 24 months, and we really need to start the restoration next summer”, he emphasised. The newspaper notes that the parishioners of the church, and Anglophile philanthropists from Russia and other countries have already begun collecting funds for the restoration of the church. In particular, a Texas oil tycoon donated 100,000 dollars (2.905 million roubles. 70,870 euros. 68,190 UK pounds)
28 December 2008
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