Kiev, May 27, Interfax – Renowned traveler and deacon Fyodor Konyukhov and Bishop Iosif of Zaporozhye and Melitopol presented a sketch of future ship-shaped church.
“This church will be built in Byzantium style. We’re going to build an entire complex: a lighthouse, a bell tower, a central church, where people will come to pray, an underground floor which will house a small museum of Fr. Fedor Konyukhov. By the way, windows on the underground floor will be made in form of illuminators,” Bishop Iosif said as cited by the Ukrainian edition of the Komsomolskaya Pravda daily.
The church will be erected in Zaporozhye where the traveler was born. He voiced such an idea last fall when visiting this region of Ukraine.
“I traveled for forty years like Moses and decided to build a church in shape of a ship. It is very close to my heart and people can come here to pray, to escape vanity, to search for salvation in the sea of everyday life. This church is, in fact, a prototype of the arc,” the traveler said.
He had already built a church and six chapels. On May 23, the Holy Trinity Day, Bishop Iosif ordained him deacon.