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13:55 | Jul 30 | 2014

The Northernmost Orthodox Church in the World

 Residents of Novgorod region built a church for their countrymen living in the Yakut village Rousskoye Ustiye. Sanctification and opening of the northernmost Orthodox church in the world - 71 degrees north latitude - will be held August 4-6, reported the Regional Government, informed “Tikhookeanskaya Rossiya” Newspaper.

“Initiative of rebuilding the church and support for this Russian settlement belongs to Metropolitan of Novgorod and Lev Starorussky and the Regional Governor Sergey Mitin. Acting Head of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Egor BORISOV invited to the opening ceremony”, - noted the Government.

Celebrations in honor of the Church of the Holy Sign-painter will be one of the significant events of the Year of the Arctic in Yakutia, added the Government.

In 2013, within the framework of intercultural relations between the two power brokers of the Novgorod region, it was decided to build a temple in the village of Rousskoye Ustiye, where, according to historical records, the descendants of medieval Novgorod live.

A pine-tree log construction and bells were sent to Yakutia in 2013. In July 2014 the Novgorod builders have finished construction of the Church on permafrost.

The only church in Rousskoye Ustiye burned down in the 30s of the last century, informed ITAR-TASS.

The Rousskoye Ustiye village is located in the lower reaches of the Indigirka River. Its inhabitants claim themselves to be descendants of Novgorod, who had fled in the XVI century from the oppression of Ivan the Terrible.

The Rousskoye Ustiye people particularly revered the Icon of Lady of the Sign, which confirms their origin.