Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Grand Princess Olga church in Minsk

This is the project of the Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Grand Princess Olga church complex. It is located in Minsk, on a plot of 0.87 hectares next to the green bank of the Svislach River. The church will stand between the river bank with a bicycle path, Vaneeva and Trastsyanetskaya streets. In front of the church, there is a beautiful view of the river across the green spaces. A playground for children can be organized in the westernmost part of the site. It is planned to equip a recreational and social zone for local residents in the green area next to the site. The complex consists of three buildings. First, there is the Holy Passion-bearers Princes Boris and Gleb church. Second, there is the main brick Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Grand Princess Olga church. Finally, there is the parish house. The project of the Boris and Gleb church was developed separately. It can be found here: https://prohram.com/borisgleb.

The project received a diploma of the Union of Russian Architects at the international festival "Zodchestvo 2022"
Project: Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Grand Princess Olga church
Location: Minsk, Belarus. Vaneeva and Trastsyanetskaya streets. Area next to the river and the bike bath.
Capacity: 500 people
Toal area: 806,4 square meters
Stage: sketch design
Year: 2022
Head of the project: Dmitry Ostroumov
Architect: Polina Askarova, Kristina Vasina, Aleksandra Zablotskaya
The building of the main church is one-story, with the basement and the choirs. According to the plan, the first floor consists of the narthex, the main prayer hall, side galleries, and the altar part. The capacity of the prayer hall is 430 parishioners.
The architecture of the temple synthesizes the traditional pre-Mongolian style and modern forms. The latter are the development of Art-Nouveau and the bionic movement.
The church is single-domed and pillarless. The main volume is covered by four large load-bearing vaults. They form a kind of groin vault with sloping ribs and spandrels. The volume is crowned with a light tholobate on a quadrangle and a traditional helmet-shaped dome. There are galleries on the southern and northern sides of the main volume. An evacuation exit is provided from the northern gallery. There is an elevator hall in the southern gallery. From the northern gallery there is an extra entrance to the sanctuary through the diaconicon. The eastern parts of the galleries are adjacent to the sanctuary. They form separate rooms - the diaconicon and the sexton's room. The sanctuary is raised above the main floor level by three steps of 120 mm. The central part of the church ends with an apse with a conch. Three stairs lead to the solea. A spiral staircase leads to the basement floor from the sexton's room. At the western wall in the narthex there is a cloakroom and a church kiosk. There is also a tank for holy water with an access from the outside. From the south, the bell tower adjoins the main volume of the church, the entrance to the stairs is in the narthex. There is the second evacuation exit from the front porch on the southern side. A lift for persons with reduced mobility is also designed there.
The ground floor is designed at -3.300 mm. Four stairs lead there. There are two from the western and eastern facades, one from the stairwell, and a technological staircase from the sexton's room. An elevator hall is next to the stairwell. On the ground floor there is a refectory with a kitchen, a resting room for clergy, offices, bathrooms and technical rooms.
The choir is designed at the level of +4500 mm. It is U-shape in plan. A spiral staircase leads from the level of the choir to the belfry.
On the outside, the church is plastered. It is decorated with limestone elements and carved bas-reliefs. The conch of the apse is decorated with alternating stone bas-reliefs and gold leaf. The roof is covered with seam metal. The dome is covered with lead. The walls are of brick, the foundations are of reinforced concrete.
The project is completed according to the main architectural and construction regulations. It has modern forms while maintaining the main functional, liturgical and symbolic features of the Orthodox church architecture.