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The Church of the Rising of the Cross (Opolye Village, Kingisepp District)

Subject / Religion. Church/Orthodox churches

The Church of the Rising of the Cross (Opolye Village). The original wooden church was built in Chelyudi on the territory of the Opolye Vozdvizhensky Pogost before 1500; it was rebuilt in 1734, it was dismantled in 1874. The stone church with the added three tier bell tower, in the Eclectic style, was built in its place to the design of the architect I.I. Bulanov in 1874-1885. It was consecrated in 1885. There are two side-chapel: the side-chapel of Apostle Peter and Apostle Paul and St Nicholas. Priest G.V. Semenovsky, the dean of the church (1906-1918), was arrested in August 1918. The church was closed in 1937; iconostasis was transferred in Volosovo, the religious goods and icons were embezzled. The church was re-opened by Archpriest Aleksandr Stepanov during the Nazi occupation in September 1942 (he was the dean of the church in 1942-1945 and he helpted to partisans). The iconostasis of the church of the Nativity of the Holy Mother of God (the village of Penino) was transferred into its side-chapel. Psalmist P. Slepnev and 23 parishioners were shot by Nazis during the retreat on 29 January 1944. The church was closed by local authority from 10 May 1944 until 17 May 1944 and then the church began to act until nowadays. There are revered icons: the Icon of St Parasceva, Martyr and the Icon of the Kazan Mother of God. Archpriest Ioann Belevtsev, honoured professor of the Ecclesiastical Academy of St Petersburg, was the dean of the church in 1990– 2000.

Shkarovsky, Mikhail Vitalyevich

Belevtsev, Ioann
Bulanov, Ivan Iudovich
Semenovsky, Gavriil Vasilyevich
Slepnev, Pavel Kharitonovich
Stepanov, Aleksandr, archpriest

Historical Toponyms/Chyud
Historical Toponyms/Opolsky Vozdvizhensky Pogost
Leningrad Oblast, the/Kingisepp District/Opolye Village
Leningrad Oblast, the/Slantsi District/Penino Village
Leningrad Oblast, the/Volosovo District/Volosovo Town

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Subject Index
The Cathedral of the Nativity of the Mother of God (Penino Village, Slantsy District)

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