Ukraine: Church head to arrive by 'temple' train

June 24, 2013

The armoured The armoured

An armoured train - complete with "temple wagon" - is being rolled out to carry religious leaders to an event in Kiev, it's reported.

Russian Orthodox Church leader Patriarch Kirill will be among those taking the five-carriage train to attend celebrations marking the 1,025th anniversary of the "baptism of Kievan Rus" - the conversion of the region's pagans to Christianity, reports Ukrainian daily Segodnya. "Prayer services will be held all the way down to Kiev," it quotes a church spokesman as saying.

A railway source tells the paper the train is "like a hotel on wheels" and the manufacturer's website seems to confirm his view, displaying photographs of interiors adorned with gold leaf. The temple wagon apparently has a vestry where you'd normally find the conductor's compartment, along with the usual fixtures of a church - altar, lectern and belfry - as well as a 50-litre container for run-off holy water. Thousands of people are expected to attend the celebrations, which begin on Friday, with some 6,000 policemen on duty to maintain order.

BBC News

26 июля 2013 г.

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