In 2013 near the confluence of two siberian rivers — the Ob and Irtysh — Russia's first floating chapel-beacon was placed. It's construction was blessed by bishop Pavel of Khanty-Mansiysk and Surgut.
The chapel is 8 meters high, it weighs 10 tons and it is fixed on a pontoon. Below the cross crowning the chapel there is a beacon light. There are eight illuminated alcoves with icons. The chapel is not intended to hold a service inside. Only maintenance personnel looking after the power supply can moor to it.
Originally the idea of building the chapel was suggested by S. Sandulov, president of the local branch of the Association of Ports and River Transport Owners. For river transport workers the Ob-Irtysh confluence is a special place. And for the local people — Khanty and Mansi — this is a sacred area. However, for a long time there was no monument or sign to mark the place.
In 2013 the floating chapel was consecrated by Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and all Rus». At the confluence of the Ob and Irtysh you can make a wish and throw a coin into the water for it to come true. The water here is considered to be sacred and many tourists wash themselves with the water of the two rivers.
Department of Tourism and External Relations Development / visithm.com
|Address:||Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug, the Ob River and the Irtysh River confluence|