New Churches Built in the East of Moscow

The construction of a church dedicated to Grand Duchess Elizabeth is scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2022. The church, big enough for 400 people, will have a bell tower, a Sunday school with a refectory, and a church shop. The dome and architectural décor style are borrowed from the Byzantine tradition.

In 2023, the construction of another church, dedicated to Saint Alexander Svirsky, should be completed on Sokolinaya Gora. The temple will be 16 meters tall and designed to hold 550 parishioners. In this project, height limit must be observed, so the architects designed it with a less elevated “Byzantine” style.

These churches are built as part of Program-200, which provides for the construction and reconstruction of Orthodox churches in all administrative districts of Moscow, with the exception of the Center. It was launched in 2010 and the construction works are financed with charity donations. At the moment, the program has already surpassed the initial goal of 200 churches.

There are currently 41 Orthodox churches in the Eastern District of Moscow, including ten which are still located in temporary buildings.

"In this district twelve churches have already been built, seven churches are under construction, one more project is in the pipeline, and one is being designed. Of the twelve churches, four were consecrated by Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia," said State Duma deputy Vladimir Resin, supervisor of "Program-200".