In the year of the 1000th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus’, a decision was made to build a temple complex in honor of the Archangel Michael on the Left Bank. The temple complex was to become the largest Orthodox center on the Kiev left bank. According to the original plan, the complex was supposed to include the Cathedral of the Archangel Michael (with 1,500 seats), the Church of the Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem and the baptismal chapel. In 1991, on the fifth anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, the Church of the Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem was erected on a green island bounded by Stroiteley Street, Mira Avenue and Supreme Council Boulevard. This was the first church built in Kyiv after 1917.
In the same year, a memorial to the Chernobyl tragedy appeared next to the temple, in the center of which is a symbolic mound with thirty-five tombstones with the names of the dead liquidators. Every year on the night of April 26, a bell installed on the mound is struck to mark the number of years that have passed since the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant; Hundreds of people take part in mourning events. In 1994, the first baptismal church in Ukraine was built on the territory of the complex.
Four more years later, in 1998, the chapel of the Great Martyr George the Victorious was erected – in memory of the Kyiv police officers who died in the fight against crime. A little earlier, in December 1997, the throne of another church was consecrated in honor of the Nativity of Christ. Initially, it was conceived as the first floor of the Cathedral of the Archangel Michael, but due to the violation of technical standards by the builders, it was necessary to leave the temple one-story, and build the Archangel Michael Cathedral nearby. In October 2015, Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine performed the Divine Liturgy and the rite of consecration of the dome crosses of the Archangel Michael Cathedral.
All these years the parish has lived a rich liturgical life. It operates a Sunday school for children and adults. The temple complex was repeatedly visited by foreign guests, in particular, government officials from European and post-Soviet countries and representatives of Local Orthodox Churches. Particularly revered shrines of the Church of the Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem: the icon of the “Chernobyl Savior”, the image of Theodosius of Chernigov with a particle of relics and the icon of Christ the Savior.
Where is the temple complex of the Archangel Michael?
Prospekt Mira, 16
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