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Friday, 8 February 2013

Famous Traveller Fr Fyodor Konyukhov to Plant Orthodox Cross Made By Belarusian Artisans at North Pole.



The famous traveller Fr Fyodor Konyukhov will take an Orthodox cross with him on his new expedition. He’ll travel 4,000 kilometres (2,486 miles) by dog sled, to become the first man to pass over the North Pole to the other side of the Arctic Circle using this method. The cross will go to Moscow next week where the famous traveller Fr Fyodor Konyukhov will take possession of it. Konyukhov has made four around-the-world trips and more than 50 unique marine expeditions. The new expedition’s kickoff is due in April 2013. Konyukhov expects to complete his new expedition in August. Together with the Karelian traveller Viktor Simonov, Konyukhov will traverse the Arctic region.

Fr Vladimir, a parish priest at Epiphany church in Minsk, who carved the North Pole cross, said, “The idea to plant Orthodox crosses in remote locations is an old one. One of the crosses made in Bobruisk by Fr Fyodor’s friends is at Cape Horn in Chile; the other is in the mountains in Ethiopia”. Konyukhov will plant the new cross near the site where all the Earth’s meridians and time zones converge. Fr Fyodor spoke about the idea of leaving an Orthodox cross at the North Pole in an exclusive interview to our channel in November.

Fr Fyodor Konyukhov not only has spiritual connections with Belarus, but also secular ones. Forty years ago, he studied woodcarving in Bobruisk. Now, he’s not just an artist and a traveller, but also a priest. Konyukhov brought a charity exhibition of his paintings to Minsk. All the funds raised were for the construction of the Epiphany Church in the Loshitsa district of Minsk. It took Fr Vladimir, who’s been a woodcarver for many years, about two months to create the cross. Its height is 2.4 metres (7.9 feet) and it’s made of wood specially brought from Irkutsk Oblast in Russia. Fr Vladimir made two identical crosses. One will go with Konyukhov to the North Pole, and the other will remain in Epiphany church in Minsk. Today, you can see the second cross at Epiphany church.

8 February 2013




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