Saturday, June 23, 2018

Ural State Mining University finishes St. Catherine’s dome renovations

On National Unity Day, Ural State Mining University finished refurbishing St. Catherine’s dome.

After many years of restoration, workers finished renovating the dome, named after the city’s patron saint. The miners attached a cross to the top of the dome, measuring its new height at almost 20 feet. The cross is approximately eight feet long.

The dome and cross are made from stainless steel coated with titanium nitrite.

Restoring the dome of the temple coincides with the 100th anniversary of Ural State Mining University.

"I want to thank the leadership of the Mining University for what you know: education of students is not only lectures and seminars,” Sergei Tushino, deputy head of the Administration for the Organization of Russian and International events, said. “It is also a knowledge of the history of his native country, his native city, the history of religion, which permeated the entire Russian statehood.”

This 19th century church houses the faculty of Diocesan Women’s College. In 1934, Sverdlovsk Mining Institute bought the building. In the 1970s, repairers discovered church frescoes under the exterior plaster. The frescoes had been whitewashed when the Soviet authorities arrived. Restoring these frescoes was the first step to refurbishing the building.

"Before the revolution, this building was a diocesan school in 1917, Nicholas General Staff Academy...during the Great Patriotic War, it was the base hospital,” rector Nikolai Kosarev said. “But no matter how varied the history, we still go back to basics. Today's event will serve as a beginning of a great work to further revive our traditions.”

Ural State Mining University intends to continue restoring other historical artifacts found in its buildings.

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