As Russians Raise Funds for Notre Dame, Critics Point to Russias Destroyed Historical Churches

Russians expressed their support for France in the wake of Mondays devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris with both condolences and monetary donations.

Yet even as the Culture Ministry announced plans to call on the Russian public to raise funds to help restore the 12th-century cathedral, Russian critics have pointed to several historic churches within Russia that are still waiting on funds for restoration.

Heres a look at some of Russias historic cathedrals that have been badly damaged by fires in recent years:

Uspenskaya Church, Ivanovo region (2015)

Uspenskaya Church Wikicommons / Youtube

Built at the end of the 17th century and moved to its current location in 1905, a fire completely destroyed this wooden church in Ivanovo in November 2015. The unique cultural structure had undergone a restoration just two years prior. Firemen managed to remove 63 liturgical objects, including icons, from the fire. Local officials have considered constructing an exact replica of the church using salvaged pieces of the original edifice.

Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, republic of Karelia (2018)

Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Considered one of the most important landmarks of the northern Russian town of Kondopoga, the church was incinerated in a blaze that toppled its 42-meter tower in August 2018. Investigators have suspected a 15-year-old of arson. The church has raised around 6.4 million rubles ($100,000) in order to restore the church.

Kazan Church, Ryazan region (2019)

Kazan Church Wikikommons / Youtube

A fire broke out in February during construction work on the base of the Sreznevo churchs dome. The dome then collapsed and fell onto the altar below, though the altar itself wasnt severely damaged. No people or icons were harmed, despite the fire's 64-square-meter size.

The Church of Archangel Michael, Penza region (2019)

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