The proposed Church in Honour of Our Reigning Lady of Sorrows would be built on the site of Lenin's Mausoleum on Red Square
Photo © St. Basil Russian Cultural and Educational Foundation
The Head of the St. Basil Russian Cultural and Educational Foundation, Vasily Boiko-Veliky has appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin to demolish the Lenin Mausoleum on Red Square and build a church in honour of the Mother of God in it’s place.
The appeal was made to Putin by Boiko-Veliky on the opening day of the exhibition dedicated to the 300th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty, at the Manege in Moscow on 4 November 2013. Boiko-Veliky suggested the idea to Putin and quotes the Russian president as saying it “an interesting idea worth considering."
V.Boiko-Veliky notes that his foundation prepared the preliminary designs for the Church in Honour of Our Reigning Lady of Sorrows on the site of the mausoleum. He went on to claim that the church blended into Red Square, maintaining the historic ambiance of the famous landmark, and without damaging any of the burial vaults located in the Kremlin walls.
The design for the proposed Church in Honour of Our Reigning Lady of Sorrows would be in the neo-Russian architectural style, and could accommodate 800 people. Its size would be noticeably smaller than the Cathedral of the Intercession (St. Basil's Cathedral), thus respecting it as the main church on Red Square, and one of the most important architectural symbols of Russia. If anything, the new church would resonate with the nearby Museum of History, also built in the Russian style.
It is interesting to note that a proposal to erect a church on the site of Lenin’s Mausoleum has been raised on numerous occasions since the fall of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s. Boiko-Veliky notes that he recently sent a letter to Putin reminding him of their discussion last year and hopes that the Russian president would now make a decision on the matter, which Boiko-Veliky notes is timely, citing Putin’s proposal to reconstruct a Kremlin church and two monasteries that were destroyed by the Soviets in the late 1920s to early 1930s.
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 16 October, 2014