Installation design work of the holy gates underway in the Seraphim-Diveyevo monastery
The Seraphim-Diveyevo monastery will soon have the holy gates built in line with the Kazan Cathedral and they will have a church and a belfry. This will become the main entrance of the monastery. The project is made by the staff of the Moscow Architectural Institute under the direction of Rector Dmitry Olegovich Shvidkovsky. Alexei Kapustin, the director of the Design and Research Center of Classical and Traditional Architecture, and his group are working on the project.
Before the revolution, there were no gates at the chosen location. However, according to the prophecy of Venerable Seraphim of Sarov, a bell tower with holy gates was to be built opposite the house of Mikhail Vasilyevich Manturov and in line with the Kazan Cathedral.
The holy gates will be built in the style of the 17th century. They will be crowned with eight domes and eight small domes around the small side drums. The total area of the holy gates and the church will be 180 square meters. It will be 58 meters high to the top of the cross with the height of the passage under the arch measuring 2.8 meters.
The church will be built above the gates and it is supposed to be consecrated in honor of the Iveron Icon of the Most Holy Mother of God. Mosaic panels will decorate the outer walls of the church: the Old Testament Trinity on the western side, with the crucifixion with a spear and a cane in a small icon case above it. The Iveron Icon of the Mother of God will decorate the central window cove of the eastern wall. The arch of the holy gate will also have mosaics.
Today’s meeting was about the church exterior and technical structures. For example, items discussed was the type of windows, materials for gutters and pavement, sealing of the belfry depending on the weight of the bell, materials for church roofing, decorations, and floors, and its entrance doors.
Attending the meeting were the sisters of the monastery responsible for the construction work, as well as Vadim Barkhanov, the deputy director of the MARCHI Center for Classical and Traditional Architecture, Sergey Grishchenko, chief project engineer of the MARCHI Center for Classical and Traditional Architecture; and employees of the Seraphim-Diveyevo monastery, Vladimir Kryuchkov, surveyor and engineer, architects Tatiana Kryuchkova and Olga Listopadova.