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Idea of construction of the temple in Verkhnyaya Pyshma at the place of former the Dormition Church is appeared straight after recommencement of public worship and clergy benefits beginning in dilapidated building of former movie theatre at the beginning of 1990s. According to request of inhabitants the city administration marked out the area for construction of future temple in 1992. But it was not possible to do during long period. The construction of the temple all together was not possible due to the lack of funds of city administration, local enterprises which were initially ready for participation in temple construction, voluntary donations of the citizens for implementation of such huge project. Patron of arts which would be ready for all difficulties connected with the project implementation was required. OAO “Uralelectromed” with its Director, Andrey Kozitsyn (current General Director of UMMC) has become such patron of art.

The construction works were completed during three years and archbishop of Ekaterinburg and Vikentiy of Verkhotourie sanctified the Temple of the Dormition of Our Most Holy and Glorious Queen on 22 July, 2000. On 23 September, 2000 the Holy Patriarch Alexiy II visited it during his historical visit in eparchy of Ekaterinburg.

The masters of Russian academy of sculpture and architecture painting of Ilia S. Glazounov decorated the walls and domes of the Temple of the Dormition of Our Most Holy and Glorious Queen during some months of 2001. All works were directly headed by Ivan I. Glazounov, the son of world known painter. There are no any paintings in the inner part of the dome. Murals were prepared by Moscow artists in advance. Scriptural motives from the Mother of God’s life were pictured at dense linen which was saturated with special saving solution. Then these murals were “glued” to specially prepared dome surface. It was preliminarily planed, plastered and painted. Lower part of the Dormition Temple and its walls were decorated by conventional method. After completion of works the inside of church has become unique. It was noted by archbishop of Ekaterinburg and Vikentiy of Verkhotourie and Governor of Sverdlovsk region, Eduard Rossel, during their visits to renovated Verkhnyaya Pyshma’s Temple.

Currently the construction of Sunday school near to the Dormition Temple is practically finished. On 15 July, 2002 the new small side-altar in the name of the “First-called” Apostle was sanctified in the Temple of the Dormition of Our Most Holy and Glorious Queen. Solemn liturgy was held by archbishop of Ekaterinburg and Vikentiy of Verkhotourie, who is the member of higher orders of clergy. On behalf of Ekaterinburg eparchy Master Vikentiy presented Andrey Kozitsyn with honored certificate on appellation to him the rank of Honored Churchwarden as one of the main charitable person of the eparchy due to gratitude for great contribution to revival of Orthodoxy in the Ural. As a response Andrey Kozitsyn presented the Temple with the icon in the name of the Blessed Virgin Mary “Sign” produced in XIX century.
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