YAKUTSK, Russia (Arka)—An Armenian Apostolic church has opened in Russia’s icy Yakutia region, Novosti-Armenia reports, citing RIA Novosti.
The new church, named Saint Karapet, was commissioned in June of 2011 to be built in the city of Yakutsk. All of the building materials for the church have been transported from Armenia with a construction cost of 100 million rubles (about $2.7 mil.), mostly raised by philanthropists and community parishioners.
The opening ceremony was attended by deputy head of the government of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia), head of the Armenian community in Yakutia Khoren Sahakyan, head of a delegation from Armenia and governor of Aragatsotn province Sargis Sargsyan, representative of the Russian Orthodox eparchies of Yakutsk and Lensk Hieromonk Nikandr, and others.
Head of the Novo-Nakhichevan and Russian eparchies of the Armenian Apostolic Church bishop Yezras Nersisyan consecrated the church and rendered a service at the ceremony, says the report.
Busts of famous contemporary Armenians, including arctic and Antarctic explorer Artur Chilingarov, are installed outside the church building.
The report also says a center with a Sunday school, a studio, and an office for the Union of Armenians of Yakutsk will be opened in the territory of the church this December. Kids of any ethnicity will have an opportunity to study literature, culture and history of Yakutia and Russia in the school.