MOSCOW, September 13 (Itar-Tass) —— Seven wooden churches will be built within 24 hours on the Orthodox holiday of the Nativity of the Virgin, September 21.
The new churches will appear in cities of all the seven federal districts – in Tver, Kaliningrad, Ufa, Sochi, Yekaterinburg, Irkutsk and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.
The project is organized by the Russian Club of Orthodox Patrons of the Arts.
Celebrities will directly join in the construction in the country's westernmost regional centre – Kaliningrad. Among them will be actors Ivan Okhlobystin and Boris Galkin, composer Grigory Gladkov, world beauty contest winner Oksana Fyodorova, television commentators and journalists Mikhail Leontyev and Andrei Malakhov and others. A plasma screen will be installed in the city for broadcasting from the other construction sites.
The chairman of the patrons' board Andrei Poklonsky said in his address that the construction of seven churches in the country would be the third stage of the big project.
The first wooden church in modern history was built during one day in 2008 on the holiday of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, April 7, in Russia's geographical centre – Kemerovo.
At the second stage, three such churches were built in Moscow, Kiev and Minsk, the three capitals of the Slavic states, in the year of the 1020th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus.
"The tradition, which is more than 1,000 years old, is being revived from scratch. Certainly, new technologies are used in the construction, but the essence remains the same – many people's warmth and love are united in their striving for God, and a result of the union is a church," Poklonsky said.
The construction of all the churches is financed by the Russian Orthodox Patrons.