The Church of St. Seraphim of Sarov is not large but it is solemnly wonderful. For more than a hundred years, the Church in honor of the elder of Diveyevo stands on the top of a hill, from which it is possible to descend to the Kremlin or the embankment quickly!
The history of the Church began with the donation by famous merchants in Tula, Yermolayevs-Zverevs. In 1903, Seraphim of Sarov was canonized upon the personal initiative of Emperor Nicholas II. Due to this event, a church was built at the expense of the Yermolayevs-Zverevs. These residents of the City of Masters have done a lot to decorate the Pryanik Capital. Moreover, the Yermolayevs-Zverevs made donations to create an almshouse, a shelter, and a Sunday school, the center of which was the Church of St. Seraphim of Sarov. Orphanage children were taught to work in the printing house at the Church, printing and binding books.
Tula has one more underground Church of St. Seraphim of Sarov located in Zarechye. Do not confuse them; they are different facilities.
Famous merchants of the beginning of the 20th century invested part of their funds in the interior of the Church. It was amazing to see the gilded iconostasis made up of three tiers in this small church.
Have you noticed that almost every address in Tula has its own unique history?
Unfortunately, the Church of St. Seraphim of Sarov interrupted its work at the beginning of the 20th century to be restored only in 2007.
A dome appeared, bas-reliefs on the drum were revived, and a sculpture of the elder, whose name the Church bears, appeared in the garden.
Now, the shrines in the Church are the Icon of the Reverend Wives and the Icon of the Famous Nuns of the Diveyevo Monastery, fragments of the relics and vestments of St. Seraphim of Sarov.
The building of the Noble Assembly with a hotel and restaurant, the Tula Philharmonic Hall, the Tula Antiquities Museum, which is located in the building that belonged to Stepan Aleksandrovich Yermolayev-Zverev, are near the Church.
The Church of St. Seraphim of Sarov is open to all at the address: 32 Friedrich Engels Str. Great photos can be taken in its territory! We are waiting for you within our walls!