of the Archangel Michael in Spain
The first Russian Orthodox Church in Spain
is a unique project in that, for the first time in the two thousand
year history of Christianity, the first Russian Orthodox Church is being
built in the very Catholic country of Spain (the only other Orthodox
Churches are a Greek Church in Madrid and a Serbian Church in Barcelona).
in their own language and receive spiritual joy. In
1997, a small group of Russian Orthodox believers in Spain began the
creation of a Church community in Altea Hills (Altea, Alicante).
2000, the first Russian Orthodox Association was registered with the
administration of the town of Altea.
The Community took the decision to construct a wooden Church (the design was made using as a model a XVII century Church in Arkhangelsk Province). The appearance of this Church is remarkably harmonious, of cruciform ground plan, with five domes and an octahedral bell-tower. The area of the Church is 198 m2 and its height 27 m. The architecture and the material (wood) make it a true symbol of Russia and the Russian Orthodox Church.
material for the domes was manufactured in the town of Volgodonsk by
the specialised firm Grant.
facilitate the decoration of the interior of the Church, all the inner
walls will be covered with plasterboard and then painted with frescoes
according to the canons of the Church.
(levelling of the ground and removal of earth) has been carried out
on the site. A supporting wall 3-5 m high has been laid from large stones
and pipes and cables have been laid (water supply pipe, drainage, rainwater
drainage, electricity supply).
The First Russian Orthodox Church of the Archangel Michael in Spain has held regular Church services since December 2000. The services are held in rented premises in the town of Altea (Alicante). The number of parishioners is growing all the time. Orthodox believers Russians, Ukrainians, Moldavians, Rumanians, Bulgarians, Armenians, Serbs etc come to the services from several provinces of Spain (Murcia, Alicante, Valencia).
sanctuary with icon-screen (iconostasis) has been made, and in the
premises there are many copies of Orthodox icons which have been painted
The parish is under the pastoral care of a very wise and kind, highly spiritual priest, Archpriest Vladimir Koryak, the holder of a higher degree in theology. He has served in the sanctuary of the Russian Orthodox Church for 55 years.
situation in the parish is stable, and the Church is fully staffed
with clergy: a priest, a deacon, choirmaster, sacristan and choir.
Over the 4 years of Church services 65 people have been baptised and
20 couples married.
fellow-countrymen, brothers and sisters in Christ. We entreat you graciously
to take what part you can in this great work the construction
of the first Russian Orthodox Church in the land of Spain, for the glory
of God. Since time immemorial, Churches have been built by the whole
community. If you are interested in the spiritual and cultural life
of our Orthodox community, we invite you:
where services are currently held:
Iglesia Ortodoxa Rusa
Abda. Comunidad Valenciana 7, local 5
03590, Altea (alicante), Espana
Tel: 00-34-676455381, 646342852, Fax: 966885419
Internet page: www.montogo.net/xram/
Donors names will be inscribed on a special plaque and will be remembered in our prayers forever.