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In the Samara region there is an ancient temple, painted by a unique painter.

There are many Orthodox shrines in Samara. More and more people are showing interest in them. At the same time, a trip to the holy places can attract not only pilgrims, but also everyone who is interested in ancient architecture.

Many believers and only tourists in the Samara region tend to see the amazing temple of the Holy Trinity in the village of Utevka, Neftegorsk region. The old building is located in the very center of the village. The church is notable for the fact that its vaults were painted by a resident of Utevka, a unique painter Grigory Zhuravlev. He held the brush with his teeth, since he was born without legs or arms.

While working, Grigory Zhuravlev was raised to the dome in a special cradle, held his brush with his teeth and wrote. After two or three hours of hard work, his jaw could not open. The painter was given a special hot compress so that the brush could be removed.

In the 1930s, the authorities decided to destroy the bell tower of the church. Bonfires were lit under wooden supports, icons were knocked down. They tried to blow up the temple itself, but he survived. As a result, the building was intended for the barn. Only in 1991 services began to be held here again.

Today, the temple is being restored under the Historical Memory project. Fortunately, during the years of Soviet power, Zhuravlev’s frescoes and paintings were not destroyed, but were hidden behind plaster. They will soon be restored to their original form, but first, the restoration will affect the temple itself. By the way, next to the temple in Utevka is the grave of the painter Grigory Zhuravlev.

You can drive from Utevka a little further down the road to the village of Pokrovka. There is another monument of cultural importance – the Church of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos, built in 1906 at the expense of the villagers. For the construction, local clay and lime were used, which were cooled for a long time in special vats. The villagers made their own bricks. Visiting craftsmen laid out several rows and left for an entire year so that the masonry could settle and take hold. It is rumored that for the preparation of the mortar, eggs were collected from each patio to strengthen the walls.

This majestic Neo-Russian temple is richly decorated with carved masonry. Above the entrance rises a three-tier bell tower with graceful kokoshniks above the high bell tower openings. The main volume of the temple is framed on both sides by side naves. The central dome, mounted on a powerful light drum, is surrounded by small domes located at the corners of the roof.


In the Neftegorsk district, it is also interesting to visit the single-altar brick Church of the Intercession in Barinovka. Its quadrilateral is completed with a dome with a cross, small domes in the corners. Above the narthex is an arched bell tower.

On the way to the entrance to Barinovka, by the way, you can see an old windmill built in the 19th century. It was recently decided to restore it. Accident work is now starting, including strengthening the foundations and installing “scaffolding”. The restoration will be completed in 2023.

The appearance of the mill is supposed to be restored to its original form. It is believed that some of the millstones were brought from the Urals, some from France, as millstones made from local limestone were softer and did not give a high-quality grind. Therefore, Barinovskaya flour was famous for its quality. For about a hundred years, a wooden mill supplied flour to the surrounding villages.

The restored object will become part of the new cultural and tourist space. As planned by the architects, an artisan bakery and craft workshops will be opened next to the mill, the Miller’s House and a museum of the history of bread will open. In addition, it is planned to build a cozy hotel for tourists with 20 beds, a motorhome and a cafeteria.


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