On the central market square of Tambov, Metropolitan Theodosius of Tambov and Rasskazovo celebrated an intercessory prayer service where excavations were carried out. The cathedral of the Nativity of Christ used to stand on this site, before it was dynamited under Stalin .
In her address, Regional Vice-President Natalia Astafiev said the people of Tambov would be able to rebuild the Cathedral of the Nativity in its original form.
The specialists aim at finding the foundations of the building built on the Tambov market square in the second half of the 19th century. It is difficult to say how long it will take. So far, the specialists have already dug more than three feet in depth and the excavations have not caused any obstacle.
The cathedral was built in 1873,with four campaniles and a central octagonal dome. The building housed relics of the great martyr Panteleimon donated by the Athonite monastery of the same name. The cathedral was closed in 1933 and dynamited in 1939.
“We want to see the magnificent Cathedral of the Nativity rebuilt in its ancient aspect on this site. We hope scholars and archaeologists will be able to specify its exact location, “said G. Neretine, the head of the Department of Architecture and Construction of the Diocese of Tambov.