Rus­sian man builds snow church for vil­lage

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

SOSNOVKA, Rus­sia — A vil­lage in Siberia that did not have a church un­til this win­ter is get­ting a les­son in faith and life’s ephemeral na­ture. Sosnovka res­i­dent Alexan­der Batyokhtin spent nearly two months build­ing a vil­lage church en­tirely out of snow. The struc­ture will van­ish with the sea­son. Batyokhtin worked on the chapel ev­ery day, even when tem­per­a­tures plunged be­low mi­nus 30 C He used 12 cu­bic me­tres of snow to make it. Batyokhtin says the work wasn’t dif­fi­cult. His big­gest chal­lenges were fash­ion­ing the al­tar and a cross for the roof.

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