Holy Elias Church of Chernobyl


Shrines of the city of Chernobyl
     In the first half of the 19th century there were three Orthodox churches in Chernobyl: Ilyinskaya, Nikolaevskaya and Bogoroditskaya. In August 1849, the Nikolaev and Bogoroditskaya churches were burned during the fires in Chernobyl. In 1857, a wooden church named after the Nativity of the Virgin was built on the site of the Nikolaev Church. In the 1930s, unfortunately, this church was also destroyed by atheists.

St. Elias Church and its history
     According to some sources, the Elias Church was wooden, and was built in the 1500s. A parish school and church houses were built near the church. In 1872, a wooden church burned down, and in its place a stone church was erected, which has survived to this day. During the construction of the new stone church, all parishioners, including residents of Chernobyl and the surrounding villages, were taxed. The parishioners were required to supply eggs and cow's milk for the construction of the church - they were added to the mortar, which was used to fasten the brickwork. Thanks to this, the walls of the church turned out to be very strong. In 1930, they tried to destroy the Elias Church, the bells were dropped from the belfry and broken. But the church survived, though the services in the temple were stopped. In the 1930s, the temple was used as a warehouse for grain storage. Another time, they tried to blow up the church in 1941 during the retreat of Soviet troops during World War II. But fortunately the church did not collapse even then. Divine services in the temple resumed only in 1944, and continue to this day. True, since 1986, some time the service in the temple was not carried out. Resumed in the late 1990s.


Post-accident period - rebirth
     After the evacuation of the city of Chernobyl, there were several attempts to rob the Ilyinsky church. The looters wanted to tear open the door to the temple with a cable. They picked up the cable, one end to the door, the other to the tractor, when trying to pull the door, the cable could not withstand the voltage - it burst and seriously wounded one of the robbers.

     In 2001, a permanent priest Nikolai Yakushin, a native of Chernobyl, was appointed to the St. Ilya Church. In the temple there is a unique icon "Chernobyl Spas", painted in 2003 by Vladislav Gorodetsky, in memory of the Chernobyl tragedy.

     Parishioners of the St. Elias Church are self-settlers and shift workers in the exclusion zone. On the territory of the temple there is a “bell of sorrow,” which rings every year on the night of April 26, the anniversary of the disaster. The temple itself is located in the eastern part of Chernobyl at the intersection of Moskovskaya and Pozharny Lane.


Excursions and tours to the Chernobyl exclusion zone.

     St. Elias Church in the city of Chernobyl, you can visit with our company CHERNOBYL ADVENTURE. If you have long wanted to visit the Chernobyl zone and the city of Pripyat, you just need to choose the right date and sign up in the calendar of tours. In addition to planned excursion trips, we recommend ordering an individual excursion to Chernobyl and Pripyat for yourself or a group with your friends, colleagues, relatives. You yourself can choose the locations that you would like to visit in the Chernobyl zone, or we can offer you the most interesting route options. With our company you have a unique opportunity to study the villages of the former Chernobyl region, to visit the “dumpers” (people who, after evacuation, returned to the exclusion zone and continue to live in their homes), see the preserved churches in the exclusion zone, explore the city Pripyat, visit the burial grounds and sedimentation tanks of equipment that took part in the aftermath of the accident, will go to former pioneer camps and recreation centers, tell the secrets of the super-secret town of Chernobyl-2, which is not found on any car those. To do this, just sign up for any date in the calendar of tours, or call us. There are quite a lot of interesting objects in Pripyat and Chernobyl, so we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the options for one-day and multi-day tours to the Chernobyl zone and choose the appropriate format for a group or individually (private) tour. We recommend renting a personal dosimeter - a device for measuring background radiation, which will constantly inform you about the level of radiation conditions in the area where you are. In memory of visiting the Chernobyl zone, you can buy souvenirs from us. For our guests, we provide a special “tourist kit” which includes: water, wet and dry wipes, company leaflet, respirator. Follow the instructions of the attendant, be careful and careful when walking. Thank you for choosing CHERNONYL ADVENTURE for your trip to Chernobyl.

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