Temple-Lighthouse of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker
Temple-Lighthouse of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker is the only lighthouse temple dedicated to travelers and those who died at sea. This religious building is located on a precipice in village of Malorechenskoye not far from Alushta. The temple sits on a cliff high above the sea and can be seen from many points of the Crimean Southern Coast.
The height of this two-altar temple is, according to different sources, 177 – 213 ft. Instead of a typical dome, the temple is crowned with a golden cross with a globe under it symbolizing Earth. This globe stores a lantern room which light facilitates marine navigation. Sea-related scenes are also depicted in decorative parts of the lighthouse.
It is planned to establish an exhibition hall here putting on exhibit numerous relics from Ukrainian and Russian naval museums. The parish can write down names of their relatives who died at sea. These named are to be etched on outer sides of the temple walls. A Sunday school and a library are to be opened here.
The first stone was laid into the temple’s foundation in October 2004, the event was dedicated to Christian feast of Pokrova (the Intercession of Theotokos).
On 20 June 2006, Augustin, archbishop of Galicia, and Lazar, metropolitan of Simferopol, consecrated the cross of this unique Crimean temple-lighthouse. But at that moment, finishing works were still conducted by painters from city of Chernigov. The temple was designed by architect Anatoliy Gaydamaka who is author to many temple designs in Yugoslavia.
The Temple of Malorechenskoye is the only temple in Crimea dedicated to travelers of those who died at sea.
The temple’s location on a high cliff makes it clearly visible from various sites of the Crimean Southern Coast.
Photographs are donated by crimea-photo.com.