Protection of the Mother of God church in Kopanskaya village in Krasnodar

Location: Kopanskaya village, Krasnodar, intersection of Tsentralnaya and Berezovaya streets
Managers of the project: Dmitry Ostroumov, Irina Brel
Artists: Irina Brel, Tatiana Agafonova, Ekaterina Burko, Maria Timofeeva, Viktoria Mokrozub
Architect: Kristina Vasina
3D visualizers: Evgeniy Belyakovich, Ulyana Moyseychik
Graphic designer: Darya Orlova
Year: 2023
Although the interior of the church is quite traditional, it has some non-standard features.

This church is a place to commemorate fallen soldiers who fought for the Homeland throughout the history of Rus. Here, they will be remembered in prayer by name.
The church is dedicated to the Protection of the Mother of God. This explains the use of blue color in the interior, which is traditionally associated with the purity of the Ever-Virgin. An image of the Protection is created above the space of the church. The ceilings are formed by strengthened arches with large added details that visually support the pendentives and the tholobate above them. On the arches, there are inlaid names of heroic warriors. On the walls of the external galleries, there will be plaques mentioning all the names.

The floors are made of marble with yellow brass inlay. The center is highlighted. There are three rays converging at the altar in the sanctuary.
The interior is ascetic. There is a lot of white space and exposed white brick. The sanctuary is not overloaded, but at the same time, it is quite richly designed. The basis of the composition is the image of the Mother of God in the sanctuary apse, turning into the conch. There is no altar curtain in the opening with the Royal Doors, so this image is always visible and open. The Mother of God holds the Protective Veil, above the Veil there is an image of the Savior.

To the right and left of the prothesis, there is a mosaic image of the city. It refers to the legend about the appearance of the Theotokos in the Blachernae Church of Constantinople. She spread her Protective Veil over the praying people and saved the city from conquest.
The iconostasis of the central part is, in fact, two stone icon cases with the Royal Doors between them. The side parts of the sanctuary - the prothesis and the sacristy - are more closed and have an architrave above them. The deacon's doors are designed as curtains, whose color echoes the color of the mosaics.

In the western part, on the walls above, scenes of the Nativity of the Mother of God and her Dormition are depicted.

On the choir gallery, there is a mosaic panel with the words of the psalm: “Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a psalm of praise” (Psalm 47:6-7). On the sides of the text, there are images of cypress trees, symbolizing the Garden of Eden.

Above, in the dome, there is a small image of the Savior Almighty with rays emanating from Him. The image is supported by fiery red and gold Cherubim on the pendentives.

In the northern part of the large gallery, there is the Golgotha Cross. A similar gallery in the south may be used for confessions.

Throughout the church, there are icon cases that are different in execution but uniform in their stylistic design. All liturgical furniture, large and small Corona Lucis, and ceramic sconces with glass inserts were designed, too.